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Re: Proposal on removing Content Negotiation from http 1.1

From: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@hq.lcs.mit.edu>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 96 20:12:46 EST
Message-Id: <9601250112.AA07859@hq.lcs.mit.edu>
To: pjc@trusted.com
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com, masinter@parc.xerox.com
> From pjc@trusted.com  Wed Jan 24 18:55:35 1996
> Non negotiating servers can be implemented in as few as 70 lines of C but
> other servers use as much as 55000 with proxies somewhere in the
> 1000 - 5000 range. Clients seem to be stuck with reasonably large implementation
> sizes.

It is very useful to make a non-negotiating server a valid but
trivial implementation of a negotiating server.   This means
that ignoreing the Accept: headers is Ok, which in the absence of
a PEP header to indicatethat anything is mandatory, is OK by the
RFC822 conventions anyway. Therefore, to return something in
a format not acceptable according to the headers is nota breach
of protocol, just not a good quality of service.

Tim BL
Received on Wednesday, 24 January 1996 17:16:02 UTC

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