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RE: Opera's SSE Tests on GitHub [Was: <different topic>]

From: SULLIVAN, BRYAN L <bs3131@att.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:34:30 +0000
To: James Graham <jgraham@opera.com>, "Zhao, Tina" <tina.zhao@intel.com>
CC: Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>, "public-webapps-testsuite@w3.org" <public-webapps-testsuite@w3.org>
Message-ID: <59A39E87EA9F964A836299497B686C3510779830@WABOTH9MSGUSR8F.ITServices.sbc.com>
> As far as I know there is nothing special compared to the default
> apache+PHP setup on w3c-test.org. The relevant PHP files are in the
> resources/ directory of the testsuite. Is there something that doesn't
> seem to be working correctly?

To implement SSE using PHP for server scripting, I have found a number of SSE dependencies that require configuration of PHP, Apache (or other server), or the intersection of PHP and the underlying web server. These include:
- turn output compression off (Apache)
- turn output buffering off (Apache?)
- set implicit flush (PHP)
- PHP 5.4 (I have not been able to get SSE working with PHP 5.3)

I'm not sure of the interaction of these, but I have found very little useful information about server configuration for SSE, and had to spend a long time hacking on the server config to get it to work. Not being a real web developer ;-) my experience may be anecdotal but I think it represents an important data point and indicates a real need for documentation. But I'll be glad to kick the tires of the Opera tests once they are on the W3C test server, to see if and how it works there.

And PHP is only one of the server options (and a poor man's one at that, AFAICT). Shouldn't we be testing this with different server environments?

Bryan Sullivan
Received on Monday, 26 November 2012 21:35:34 UTC

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