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character encoding in header fields, was: SPDY Header Frames

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:08:13 +0200
Message-ID: <50051D6D.1010209@gmx.de>
To: Poul-Henning Kamp <phk@phk.freebsd.dk>
CC: "Martin J. Dürst" <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>, James M Snell <jasnell@gmail.com>, ietf-http-wg@w3.org
On 2012-07-17 09:59, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
> In message <50051A91.1010401@gmx.de>, Julian Reschke writes:
>> On 2012-07-17 09:44, "Martin J. Dürst" wrote:
>>> ...
>>> But a much, much better solution in this day and age is to only allow
>>> one encoding, UTF-8. That by definition includes US-ASCII, covers all
>>> the world's characters, and is what HTML is moving towards (with quite
>>> surprising speed these days). And while in HTML (and other content
>>> formats), non-ASCII is extremely widespread, in HTTP, it is not, and
>>> having more than one encoding is needlessly complicated.
>>> ...
>> *If* we make a breaking change with respect to character encoding
>> schemes, this is indeed the change to make.
> Indeed, and a change I think HTTP/2.0 should make, in light of a
> 20 year design lifetime.

As far as I can tell, the only thing that makes this hard is the desire 
to be able to tunnel arbitrary HTTP/1.1 through HTTP/2.0.

Best regards, Julian
Received on Tuesday, 17 July 2012 08:19:00 UTC

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