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Re: First reactions to mandatory draft

From: Koen Holtman <koen@win.tue.nl>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 1998 19:43:37 +0100 (MET)
Message-Id: <199801221843.TAA24997@wsooti08.win.tue.nl>
To: frystyk@w3.org (Henrik Frystyk Nielsen)
Cc: lawrence@agranat.com, paulle@microsoft.com, ietf-http-ext@w3.org
Henrik Frystyk Nielsen:
>This is an unavoidable problem when multiple extensions share a single,
>global header field space and no central registry can hinder this. The
>alternative is to pass all extension information as parameters:
>	M-GET / HTTP/1.1
>	Host: foobar
>	Man: "http://screwball.org/skidoo.html"; Skidoo=abc,
>	     "http://nutcase.org/skidoo.html"; Skidoo=def
>which avoids the problem altogether.

I highly prefer this alternative of passing all extension info as
parameters in the Man header.  Dynamically allocating collision-free
headers is so difficult that is is not worth the trouble (see my
comments on an earlier PEP draft for a discussion).  Why add a
complicated indirection layer if you do not need one?

If people really want headers, the draft can tell them to register
them in the upcoming IANA header registry.


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