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Re: [wmlprogramming] [CTG] W3C on non-browsing HTTP flow

From: Tom Hume <Tom.Hume@futureplatforms.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 15:07:19 +0000
Message-Id: <5A19905C-EB3C-4204-A85C-EC08877874D1@futureplatforms.com>
To: wmlprogramming@yahoogroups.com, public-bpwg-ct <public-bpwg-ct@w3.org>
4.1.3 used to read

> Proxies must act as though a no-transform  directive is present (see  
> 4.1.2 no-transform directive in Request) unless they are able  
> positively to determine that the user agent is a Web browser. The  
> mechanism by which a proxy recognizes the user agent as a Web  
> browser should use evidence from the HTTP request, in particular the  
> User-Agent and Accept headers.

...which seemed a bit stronger and put the onus on the proxy to  
determine whether user-agents are web browsers.

On 24 Nov 2008, at 15:02, casays wrote:

> The current draft of the Content Transformation Guidelines from the
> W3C states the following:
>
> [begin quote]
> 4.1.3 Treatment of Requesters that are not Web browsers
>
> Before altering aspects of an HTTP request proxies need to take
> account of the fact that HTTP is used as a transport mechanism for
> many applications other than "Traditional Browsing". Alteration of
> HTTP requests for those applications can cause serious mis-operation.
> [end quote]
>
> The intent is to deal with such HTTP traffic as SOAP, content
> download, possibly Ajax, etc.
>
> The section quoted above is lacking in specifics. I would like to
> encourage knowledgeable people who had to tackle that issue to make
> suggestions on HOW to 'take account of the fact that HTTP is used as
> a transport mechanism for many applications other than "Traditional
> Browsing"' and to submit their proposals (preferably directly to the
> W3C MBPWG).
>
> E.Casais
>
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