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RE: Accept-Charset support

From: Chris Wendt <christw@MICROSOFT.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 16:53:48 -0800
Message-ID: <c=US%a=_%p=msft%l=RED-71-MSG-961206005348Z-31881@INET-02-IMC.microsoft.com>
To: "'garym@softshore.com.au'" <garym@softshore.com.au>, "'www-international@w3.org'" <www-international@w3.org>
Cc: "'Alan Barrett/DUB/Lotus'" <Alan_Barrett/DUB/Lotus.LOTUSINT@crd.lotus.com>
Re overhead quantification:

A "good" browser would need to send all or most of the charsets listed

Easy to take all the names, concatenate them and measure the size.

I didn't do it but instead looked at the size of the IANA document
itself which is 44282 bytes.
Assuming the text contains 2/3 overhead, the accept-charset string would
be 14 KB, attached to every GET.
Not counting that the server would need to sort through them and find a
match with a server-side available document or conversion mechanism.

>-----Original Message-----
>From:	garym@softshore.com.au [SMTP:garym@softshore.com.au]
>Sent:	Thursday, December 05, 1996 3:33 PM
>To:	www-international@w3.org
>Cc:	Alan Barrett/DUB/Lotus
>Subject:	Re: Accept-Charset support
>On 4 Dec 96 16:00:13 EST, Alan Barrett wrote:
>>I would like to get agreement on a definite proposal of how WWW browser
>>should request a server to send UTF-8.
>>Browser vendors are not keen to send a very long list of character sets 
>>accepted due to the overhead. So I propose that the browser vendors pick one
>>the following...
>Could somebody please quantify this extra overhead?
>-- g.
Received on Thursday, 5 December 1996 19:53:20 UTC

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