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Re: HTTP/1.1 ISSUE: TRAILER_FIELDS - Proposed Resolution

From: Henrik Frystyk Nielsen <frystyk@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 14:48:27 -0500
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To: rlgray@us.ibm.com, HTTP Working Group <http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
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At 14:02 11/19/97 EST, rlgray@raleigh.ibm.com wrote:
>I don't see the point of the trailer field at all.
>Why not just say, as suggested:

The purpose of the Trailer header field is to provide a general mechanism
describing where headers are in a message, so that it doesn't have to be on
a case by case basis (see also description of problem [1]).

The notion "Only put fileds in the trailer that can be safely ignored by the
client (e.g., Last-Modified)" doesn't really say much as it depends on who
you are (as a client) and what you are doing.

The combination of Accept-TE and Trailer allows the server to put headers
in the trailer and the client to say no thanks.


Henrik Frystyk Nielsen,
World Wide Web Consortium
Received on Wednesday, 19 November 1997 11:57:28 UTC

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