Three working drafts related to demographics work.
Appologies to those of you who will have also recieved this on the HTTP working
group list : firstname.lastname@example.org
As some of you will know the W3C recently held a workshop on
Demographics of the Internet. At this meeting a number of
concerns were raised as to how the Web can be made a viable
medium for content providers. Many of the participants were
interested in advertising revenue.
I have written three drafts which propose an implementation
of some of the ideas arising from the meeting. These are:
An improved format for logfile data.
A mechanism allowing proxies to offer to record cached hits
on behalf of the server for later retrieval. A mechanism for
notifying proxies of changes to original documents is also
A mechanism for providing session identification information.
While this specification overlaps to some extent with
Netscape Cookies the implementation is simpler for the
client and is more scalable since clients are not required
to maintain records on behalf of every server. This mechanism
may be considered complimentaty to cookies since the 300
cookie limit is less likely to become a problem if servers
Comments appreciated :-)