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Re: HTTP PREVIEW method

From: Evert Pot <me@evertpot.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2021 13:45:41 -0500
Message-ID: <6177289b-a78a-a8cf-0679-bf1667ca94f0@evertpot.com>
To: ietf-http-wg@w3.org
This sounds like this should be solved with either the 'Prefer: 
return=minimal' header, or (probably the better choice) 
content-negotation using Accept.

On 2021-11-24 12:08, Soni L. wrote:
> It would be potentially useful to have an HTTP PREVIEW method. 
> Consider for example this mastodon issue: 
> https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon/issues/4486
>
> Here's what happens when a wiki has to generate a full page:
>
> 1. Parse cookies
> 2. Get user data
> 3. Get page contents
> 4. Resolve "redlinks" (links within the wiki that refer to nonexistent 
> pages)
> 5. Create Table of Contents
> 6. Format full page
> 7. Etc
>
> Here's what it'd do with an HTTP PREVIEW:
>
> 1. Get page contents
> 2. Trim it down to some arbitrary but small length
> 3. Create a simplified HTML that contains all the relevant data in the 
> <head>, and an empty <body>.
>
> Given how much less work this would involve for the server, it could 
> help a lot with the above issue. As a bonus, HTTP PREVIEW could even 
> be specced to accept the #anchor part, providing for even better previews.
>
Received on Wednesday, 24 November 2021 18:45:55 UTC

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