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BP suggestion: use multipart messages to minimize the number of HTTP requests

From: Francois Daoust <fd@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 15:24:11 +0100
Message-ID: <47E2738B.2050806@w3.org>
To: public-bpwg@w3.org

Using a multipart message, you can send a main page and say an image 
and/or a CSS stylesheet, ... within the same HTTP response. This saves 
some round-trips between the client and the server and thus may be of 
some use in a high-latency environment.

(It also de facto prevents the browser from fecthing resources in 
parallel which may not be such a good thing)

The mobile browser is supposed to cache the different parts of the 
response. I'm not sure mobile browsers all support receiving/parsing 
multipart responses though.

This could go in 5.5 Conservative use of network traffic. Or it may 
simply be another example of a way to minimize external script files 
(although not limited to *script* files)

I found the idea (accidentally) there:

Received on Thursday, 20 March 2008 14:24:47 UTC

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