Re: Unverifiable Transactions / Cookie draft

Agreed.  But I think if one looks at the long run, which is what is most
important for a standard, all the proxies will work properly.

I just find it kind of weird that the RFC specs nondeterministic behavior
-- sometimes cookies work, sometimes they don't, and you can't always know
when they will without a lot of complexity.


> From: M. Hedlund <>
> To: Dwight Merriman <>
> Cc: http <>;;;
> Subject: Re: Unverifiable Transactions / Cookie draft
> Date: Monday, March 17, 1997 12:34 PM
> On Mon, 17 Mar 1997, Dwight Merriman wrote:
> > Designers of web sites (at least the large percentage who will
advertise on
> > the web) will have to take into account that cookie assignments on
> > home page may fail a large percentage of the time.  If they wish to
> > number of unique visitors to their site, they will get a highly
> > reading since often multiple cookies will be assignied to a single user
> > before one "sticks".
> This is reportedly already the case to due to faulty proxies.  I believe
> Hotwired keeps an extensive database of which proxies fail to properly
> pass-through cookie assignments as a result.
> My point is simply that other system faults already require the
> you mention.
> M. Hedlund <>

Received on Monday, 17 March 1997 10:48:39 UTC