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Re: Rechartering HTTPbis

From: Amos Jeffries <squid3@treenet.co.nz>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:08:04 +1300
Message-ID: <4F235884.3020905@treenet.co.nz>
To: ietf-http-wg@w3.org
On 28/01/2012 1:40 p.m., Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
> In message<EC463243-A3B0-4E35-BE92-95B35F3DE067@mnot.net>, Mark Nottingham wri
> tes:
>>> Re HTTP/next: it would be good to collect a list of things we think we =
>> should make progress on; not surprisingly, I'd nominate I18N for header =
>> field values.
>> So, that's an interesting question.
> I18N in transport headers:  Forget it, it would kill performance if
> done right, and do nobody any good if not.
> I18N in content headers: Sure, be my guest.

Skipping over I18N and its multiple charsets and going specifically to 
UTF-8 representation of the existing header could be an option though.

We already have a set of well defined transport headers with defined 
ASCII/UTF-8 interchangeable characters. New headers will have to 
consider whether they exist only on HTTP/2 links or also apply to HTTP/1 
links and choose relevant naming characters based on that. Transport 
being hop-by-hop this is a choice they can make safely.

The message and entity meta headers which cross hops  is where the 
problems occur by the bucket full. I somehow doubt it would be a good 
idea to make two distinct header formats, but who knows.

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