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Re: Use hash to reduce traffic

From: Diwakar Shetty <diwakar.shetty@oracle.com>
Date: Tue, 06 May 2003 18:46:01 +0530
Message-ID: <3EB7B591.182B2549@oracle.com>
To: Tim Tailor <tim.tailor@gmx.net>
CC: ietf-http-wg@w3.org

Dont we have "Modified-Since" and "Etags" to do this job already ?
What will "hash" do extra which is not being done currently by the above mentioned two mechanisms ??

-- Diwakar

Tim Tailor wrote:

> Hi there!
>
> I just had an idea how traffic on the web could be dramatically reduced.
> May be that it is already implemented in some way and I just do not know
> about it.
>
> Now the idea:
> Integrate a request command to http which will be replied by the hash of
> the page only. Based on this information the webbrowser or proxy could
> decide whether it needs to download the whole page or not. Moreover a
> html tag could indicate pseudo-new information like timestamps and make
> this hash even more effective.
>
> That's it. Little idea, lot of work and great improvement (at least I
> assume that, otherwise I would not bother anybody with it). Thanks for
> your time and I would be glad to get some comments on that.
>
> Bye Tim
Received on Tuesday, 6 May 2003 09:19:38 GMT

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