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Re: Should Web Services be served by a different HTTP n+1?

From: Nico Williams <nico@cryptonector.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:49:03 -0600
Message-ID: <CAK3OfOiMb4ReGLvbn+KiJ1R-Az39RGFs8RnFZP6DfxAR1BScZg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Phillip Hallam-Baker <hallam@gmail.com>
Cc: Roberto Peon <grmocg@gmail.com>, Yoav Nir <ynir@checkpoint.com>, "ietf-http-wg@w3.org Group" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM, Phillip Hallam-Baker <hallam@gmail.com> wrote:
> We did know about compression libraries back in '92. Latency was a much
> bigger concern back in those days when the whole of CERN was hanging off a
> not much more than a T1 and we had 10base ethernet.
>
> The idea of header compression was rejected back then as a silly
> optimization and I really can't understand why anyone thinks the situation
> has changed to make it less silly.

It has changed to make that less silly: web pages are now huge in
terms of discrete resources that have to be fetched.  Also, many, many
more users use the web, and they are less patient than CERN researches
might have been back when the web was a great, shiny new tool.

Nico
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