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Re: Review of Content-Encoding: value token

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 09:29:25 +0100
Message-ID: <4982BA65.9050801@gmx.de>
To: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
CC: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>, Carine Bournez <carine@w3.org>, ietf-http-wg@w3.org

Mark Nottingham wrote:
> My concern is that many implementations treat content-coding like 
> transfer-codings, in some ways; that is, they layer it in automatically 
> (e.g., mod_gzip). The confluence of this with things like byteranges, 
> etag comparison, etc. may be quite prone to bugs.
> 
> You'd also start to get into discussions like "can't JPEG just be a 
> content-coding of GIF?" and so forth. The media type system isn't 
> perfect by any means, but I think it's a better fit for this type of thing.
>...

I agree with that, but right now the spec doesn't really state that.

Should we change it?

BR, Julian
Received on Friday, 30 January 2009 08:30:09 GMT

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