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Re: Comments on draft-ietf-httpbis-content-disp

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2010 20:13:34 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Eric J. Bowman" <eric@bisonsystems.net>
cc: Adam Barth <ietf@adambarth.com>, httpbis <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1011012010470.7799@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Mon, 1 Nov 2010, Eric J. Bowman wrote:
>
> In fact, many user agents (googlebot) only interpret content.  Many of 
> the issues you're suggesting HTTP be changed to account for, simply 
> don't apply to user-agents *unless* they're rendering content.

As someone who works for Google, I assure you that we are interested in 
seeing strict client-side conformance requirements, including those that 
describe required error handling, in the HTTP specification. We want our 
crawling infrastructure to interoperate with Web browsers, and currently 
to do so we have to spend significant resources reverse-engineering those 
browsers. It would be better for us, as well as fostering improved 
competition in our space, if the specification could just define all this 
in detail so we didn't have to reverse-engineer anything.

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