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Re: Accept-Charset support

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 1996 12:44:09 PST
To: erik@netscape.com
CC: Chris.Lilley@sophia.inria.fr, Alan_Barrett/DUB/Lotus.LOTUSINT@crd.lotus.com, www-international@w3.org, bobj@netscape.com, wjs@netscape.com, Ed_Batutis/CAM/Lotus@crd.lotus.com
Message-Id: <96Dec4.134409pdt."135"@palimpsest.parc.xerox.com>
Personally, I'm fond of the 'accept-hash' proposal for header
compression: the client creates a hash (e.g., MD5) of all of its
characteristics (accept, accept-language, accept-charset, user-agent)
and sends it in the request.

Non-negotiated resources just ignore it. Negotiated resources will
look up the hash, and if they've seen it before, apply it to the
content negotiation; if they've not seen it before or forget, they'll
ask for an expansion (and, hopefully, remember the configuration for a
while). It adds a round trip to the first time you connect to a
negotiated resource, but avoids the round trips thereafter.
Received on Wednesday, 4 December 1996 16:47:05 UTC

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