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RE: What is Content-Length?

From: Paul Leach <paulle@microsoft.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 11:46:55 -0800
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To: "Life is hard... and then you die." <Ronald.Tschalaer@psi.ch>, 'John Franks' <john@math.nwu.edu>
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> From: 	John Franks[SMTP:john@math.nwu.edu]
> Sent: 	Friday, December 12, 1997 8:17 AM
> > 2) I'm not very familiar with the details of these encodings, but I
> >    believe they aren't self delimiting. Is this true?
> > 
> I am not sure.  But from the recent discussion it is very clear
> that it is cruicially important that all transfer encodings be
> explicitly defined to be self-delimiting or non-self-delimiting.
> I am not sure this is done in the IANA registry.
Mumble. I'd guess that they aren't all self-delimiting. If so, and if
they're implemented (likely, otherwise, how could they make it into the
Draft Standard), then that means that Content-Length is de-facto the length
of the message body.

The same argument applies, by the way, the Transfer-Length -- if we add it,
there won't be any implementations, so we'd have to recycle at Proposed (OK
by me, but not necessarily to others).

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