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RE: Web Development

From: Dave J Woolley <david.woolley@bts.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 18:59:41 +0100
Message-ID: <81E4A2BC03CED111845100104B62AFB5824AC4@stagecoach.bts.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> From:	Mark Andrew Nassy [SMTP:nassy@crosswinds.net]
> 
> As an aside the page is inaccessible to macweb, and perhaps any browser
> that
> supports  http 1.0 only. I don't know why. Perhaps it has something to do
> with the earthlink server. You get the following message:
> 
> Old Web Browser!
> The website you are trying to reach requires that you use an updated
> browser that supports the HTTP 1.1 protocol. ...
> 
1) I was under the impression that a compliant HTTP/1.1 server
had to support HTTP/1.0.

2) Most if not all proxy servers cannot legitimately claim to
be HTTP/1.1.

I suspect, though, that what is really being complained about
is the lack of Host: headers, which allow virtual servers without
distinct IP addresses.  These can be sent by clients which
only claim HTTP/1.0 conformance.  It works with the HTTP/1.0
Lynx browser (through two proxies, at least one of which is
HTTP/1.0.  Lynx supports Host headers, though.  (The page 
reads well in Lynx, so was probably designed with it in mind.)

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