Re: Encouraging a healthy HTTP/2 ecosystem

On Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 12:34 AM, Poul-Henning Kamp <>

> In message <CABaLYCsF_UTjxVwKbOJwW=
>>, Mike Belshe writes:
> >I actually did wrack my
> >brain searching for empirical methods to decide "when is the protocol
> >ready".  Would it be a certain number of votes?  implementations?  number
> >of bugs?  days without incident?
> I'd say that the sheer number of unmistakeable pronouncements about
> deliberately reduced functionality implementations is a good metric.
> We have two (or more ?) major-ish browsers nixing HTTP/1 upgrade.

protocol upgrade has always been optional at the client discretion.  this
is not new with http/2.

> We have a number of proxies (involved in about 30-50% of all HTTP1
> content delivery) nixing CONTINUATION and we have a lot of webmasters
> who have yet to see any evidence that adding HTTP/2 support would
> ever be worth their while.
 continuation is not a "throw the whole thing out" issue.

> And we have talk about HTTP/3.0 before HTTP/2.0 even got to Last Rites.

Well, this is circular.  I believe you were the person that started the
http/3 talk, because you didn't like http/2 from the beginning.

So now you're saying we should nix http/2, because you started talking
about http/3.


> Maybe the mistake was to rename SPDY ?
> If this draft had been named SPDY and with a stated goal of "giving
> a better user experience" at a subset of large web-properties at
> the expense of interoperability with HTTP/1, then it would be a
> very fine draft indeed, because most people could just ignore it and
> firewalls and content-filters could just block it and force
> fall-back to HTTP/1.0.
> But naming it HTTP/2.0 rightfully raises the expectations a LOT,
> and the talk about HTTP/3 already now makes it painfully obvious
> that those expectations are not even close to being been met.
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