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Re: Multi-GET, extreme compression?

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:37:42 +1100
Cc: Phillip Hallam-Baker <hallam@gmail.com>, "ietf-http-wg@w3.org Group" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <E2C47AB2-03C6-48B7-A345-C896F44D7B86@mnot.net>
To: Nico Williams <nico@cryptonector.com>
On 19/02/2013, at 3:26 PM, Nico Williams <nico@cryptonector.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM, Phillip Hallam-Baker <hallam@gmail.com> wrote:
>> HTTP 1.1 has a request/response pattern. This covers 90% of needs but means
>> that if the protocol is followed correctly forces a round trip delay on each
>> content request. Which of course leads to various browsers pushing the
>> envelope and pushing multiple requests out before responses have come back.
>> With content streams this is not necessary of course... In fact that is
>> pretty much the purpose of having streams.
>> Which suggests a need for a Multi-GET method to allow a request for a list
>> of content...
>> If we had such a method then the format would be something like
>> MGET <Common Headers> List <URI, Content header>
>> And the typical communication pattern of a browser would be:
>> GET /toplevel.html
>> MGET </image1.jpg /image2.jpg ...>
>> Given this particular communication pattern which has an implicit delta
>> encoding, do we really need to worry about a separate delta encoding?
> The problem here is that the user-agent needs to get the top-level
> resource first, then it will know the names of the other resources.
> We can probably do better.


If I understand you, you're talking about making some really fundamental changes to the Web Architecture, which is squarely out of the WG's charter.

I don't mind discussing ideas and understanding how we got here, so long as they don't distract from our work. I get the feeling that this is starting to happen. 

Again, if you have a proposal, please write it up in detail and make it to the WG; endlessly discussing the minutia of a half-formed idea is not a productive use of anyone's time.


Mark Nottingham   http://www.mnot.net/
Received on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 04:38:11 UTC

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