Re: HTTP and Media Serving

On Mon, 27 Nov 1995, Jeffrey Mogul wrote:

> We've had this discussion at least once before.  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.

	The media would not have to be served in real-time. Rather
	I envision the first pass providing the ability to provide
	users with richer access to media via mechanisms like time
	code. I don't think including a more media friendly mechansim
	would make http a kitchen-sink protocol. It could make it
	more powerful to work with media which would ultimately permit
	a richer communications environment.

- West

Received on Monday, 27 November 1995 12:17:47 UTC