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Re: Header field name representation, was: Rechartering HTTPbis

From: Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter@stpeter.im>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:04:19 -0700
Message-ID: <4F22F533.3050905@stpeter.im>
To: Willy Tarreau <w@1wt.eu>
CC: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, Poul-Henning Kamp <phk@phk.freebsd.dk>, Amos Jeffries <squid3@treenet.co.nz>, ietf-http-wg@w3.org
On 1/26/12 3:37 AM, Willy Tarreau wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 11:13:28AM +0100, Julian Reschke wrote:
>> On 2012-01-26 10:35, Willy Tarreau wrote:
>>> ...
>>> I find it pretty cumbersome to force everyone to support zlib, especially
>>> in environments where it provides no benefit (small requests/responses)
>>> and only adds CPU usage and latency. It's especially true on intermediary
>>> components which would have to decompress everything to be able to perform
>>> trivial actions such as decide what server to forward to. Using either pure
>>> binary header names or short forms would already be quite efficient.
>>> ...
>> What's a binary header name?
> Oh I'm realizing I wrote that ! I was meaning the use of enums instead of
> headers for the common ones. For instance, we could have bytes 0x80 to 0xFF
> directly mapped to most common headers and be able to represent 128 different
> headers with a single byte, and have the other chars for the other ones.

Sounds a bit like CoAP:



Peter Saint-Andre
Received on Friday, 27 January 2012 19:04:52 UTC

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