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Re: killing the "compress" transfer coding

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:27:49 +0100
Message-ID: <4F2162E5.6010004@gmx.de>
To: Dan Winship <dan.winship@gmail.com>
CC: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
On 2012-01-26 15:22, Dan Winship wrote:
>> 5.1.2.1.  Compress Coding
>>
>>   The "compress" format is produced by the common UNIX file compression
>>   program "compress".  This format is an adaptive Lempel-Ziv-Welch
>>   coding (LZW).
>
> 5.1.3 "Transfer Coding Registry" says that registrations MUST include
> a "pointer to specification text", so this registration is incomplete.

Well, as is the current (which points to RFC 2616).

> And since there is no pre-existing "permanent and readily available
> public specification" [RFC5226] of the format of UNIX compress files,
> we'd need to actually write that spec first to be able to fix this
> registration.
>
> Which would be silly, because no one implements compress anyway. So
> just kill it.

Killing it would be hard (as in "removing from the registry"), but we 
could deprecate it, or not keep it in HTTPbis...

Best regards, Julian
Received on Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:28:23 GMT

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