Re: How to add new "protocols" ?

While I agree with some of Joe's points the multi-protocol nature of http
is more than mere assertion. HTTP was running over DECnet back in 1992. If
a protocol provides a stream oriented connection or a very large packet size
it would be feasible to route http over it. The key is that the communication
has to be reliable.

The http:// url has been somewhat of a problem however. Those of us who early
on suggested adding a protocol field didn't get heard once the URI fiasco
began. I still believe that would be viable
unfortunately it was considered an anathema, just as news://
was at the time - people got a bit wedged on the name issue.

Until other protocols appear to be taking off in a manner that indicates a
need for a multi-protocol URL its probably irrelevant. I suspect that we are 
stuck with IP for a good while to come. OSI does not appear to be a spectacular


Received on Tuesday, 18 February 1997 11:04:31 UTC