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Re: Intro to Methods making Host header requirement

From: Dave Kristol <dmk@acm.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 16:21:18 +0000
Message-ID: <473B206F.7010207@acm.org>
To: ietf-http-wg@w3.org

David Morris wrote:
> [...]
> Certainly at the time a big stick was felt to be necessary to make sure
> the feature was supported by all general UAs.

More history:  Back then (c.1996) there was great concern that the 
sudden and rapid proliferation of web servers would deplete the IPv4 
address space, because each needed its own address.  The Host header 
enabled virtual servers, which, in turn, made possible IP address 
sharing.  But UAs obviously had to support (i.e., send) the Host header 
for the sharing to work.

Dave Kristol
Received on Friday, 16 November 2007 09:59:42 UTC

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