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Re: PATCH thoughts...

From: Lisa Dusseault <lisa@osafoundation.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2004 15:42:43 -0700
Message-Id: <5CAA9D6C-9965-11D8-B566-000A95B2BB72@osafoundation.org>
Cc: ietf-http-wg@w3.org, Justin Chapweske <justin@chapweske.com>
To: Jamie Lokier <jamie@shareable.org>

You're in luck, GDIFF is entirely generic.

"The format does not make any assumptions about the type or contents of 
the files, and thus can be used to describe the differences between 
text files as well as binary files."

http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-gdiff-19970901

Lisa

On Apr 28, 2004, at 3:21 PM, Jamie Lokier wrote:

> Justin Chapweske wrote:
>> o Secondly, I would like to see PATCH advocate at least one generic
>> binary delta format.  Unless I am mistaken, gdiff is only useful for
>> text documents.
>
> Is there a binary delta format being used, or planned, for delta
> transmission of cached documents?
>
> What I mean is that if I have a cached entity with etag "abcdefg", and
> I request it with If-None-Match, then maybe a server or cache could
> send me the delta between what I have and the current entity - just to
> reduce bandwidth.
>
> If there's such a standard being proposed or even still being
> designed, it would probably be good to pick the same binary delta
> format.
>
> -- Jamie
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