Re: HTTP and Media Serving

Jeffrey Mogul <> wrote:
> ...  I firmly believe
> that HTTP should NOT be used for real-time continuous media.  The
> URL mechanism allows us to include multiple transport protocols
> (e.g., HTTP, FTP, Gopher) in the web, and if we want to include
> real-time continuous, then we should use a protocol optimized for
> that.  We should not try to turn HTTP into a kitchen-sink protocol,
> making it into a second-rate media protocol while also making it
> harder to implement.

One major point in making HTTP more supportive of media communication
such as this is that a significant number of users will be utilitizing
proxies. Each new protocol must be handled by the proxy, and if you
only have an HTTP proxy, you are out of luck.

Received on Monday, 27 November 1995 11:57:46 UTC