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Re: FW: Digest mess

From: Jeffrey Mogul <mogul@pa.dec.com>
Date: Mon, 05 Jan 98 10:28:40 PST
Message-Id: <9801051828.AA20509@acetes.pa.dec.com>
To: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Joel N. Weber II writes:

    I doubt base64 will ever stop existing.  It will probably always be
    present for backwards compatibility.  Servers could stop supporting it
    (most web servers I use already don't use it, since the info on them is
    publicly accessible), but a client might as well keep code that supports
    it, in case a user ever needs it.
    
One other reason: HTTP/1.1 includes the Content-MD5 header, which
specifies the use of base64.  Content-MD5 is optional (and perhaps
not even particularly useful?), but its use of base64 is presumably
a settled decision.

-Jeff
Received on Monday, 5 January 1998 10:51:52 EST

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