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Re: Client header for connection speed info

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2000 19:56:13 -0500
Message-Id: <200003030055.TAA1352199@smtp2.mail.iamworld.net>
To: "Tam Freestone-Bayes" <tamagen@hotmail.com>, www-talk@w3.org
You might want to review the work going on in

Content Negotiation (conneg) Working Group

http://www.imc.org/ietf-medfree/

Al

At 12:15 PM 2000-03-02 -0500, Tam Freestone-Bayes wrote:
>Many sites and their users can benefit from the provision of more than one 
>http interface to a site - for example, the increasingly widespread 
>bandwidth discrepancy between standard modem and broadband connections may 
>encourage developers to produce both high- and low-bandwidth versions of a 
>site.
>
>Many sites implement this but rely on the user to manually select which site 
>they "prefer".
>
>If the site developer knew what the user's average download times were upon 
>their arrival, then this could be used to automatically determine what level 
>of information to display to the user before the first URL is actually 
>served.
>
>I suggest that a client side header (for example "Avg Speed: 38552" 
>representing bits per second, say, could be useful. It is the responsibility 
>of the client to calculate and maintain this figure based on their average 
>or maximum download speeds over the duration of a browsing session.
>
>The header should obviously remain optional in any client implementation, 
>but the benefit of supplying it is high.
>
>tam
>
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