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Re: Content-Encoding: gzip AND Content-Type: application/x-javascript

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2000 22:11:12 -0700
To: Joseph Link <joelink@joelink.net>
Cc: http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com
Message-ID: <20000906221110.A24206@mnot.net>

Sounds like a bug in NS.

I wouldn't say that IE is any better or worse; IIRC IE advertises that it
can do deflate, but doesn't support it correctly (if anyone can demonstrate
that it can, pls tell me - I'd love to get it to work).

Cheers,



On Wed, Sep 06, 2000 at 11:39:54PM -0500, Joseph Link wrote:
> Hello all...
> 
> I have run into a problem with Netscape 4.x and some earlier versions of IE...
> 
> The following is the server info being generated by me
> 
> telnet www1 8050
> Trying 208............
> Connected to www1.......
> Escape character is '^]'.
> GET /...... HTTP/1.0
> Accept-Encoding: gzip
> 
> HTTP/1.1 200 OK
> Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2000 03:09:40 GMT
> Server: Apache/1.3.12 (Unix) PHP/4.0.2 mod_ssl/2.6.4 OpenSSL/0.9.5a
> X-Powered-By: PHP/4.0.2
> Expires: Fri, 08 Sep 2000 03:09:43 GMT
> Content-Encoding: gzip
> Connection: close
> Content-Type: application/x-javascript
> 
> 
> When I use Netscape to retrieve this same file, I get errors about 
> unrecognized characters in javascript... it isnt decoding the gzip and the 
> js interpreter is decoding binary.
> 
> However, if I remove the Content-Type: application/x-javascript header, 
> netscape does decode the gzip and display the file.  In order for me to use 
> this as a SRCed js file I NEED the Content-Type: application/x-javascript 
> header.
> 
> Is there a header that is missing?? Does anyone know a workaround?? 
> Essentially, i need to be able to send a gzip encoded javascript file and 
> have it interpretted.. This does work fine with IE 5. Is it just another 
> example of NS 4 blatant disregard for standards?? Or am I reading the 
> standard wrong and encodings of types other than html are not allowed?
> 
> Thank you
> Joe
> 
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Mark Nottingham
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Received on Thursday, 7 September 2000 06:11:28 EDT

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