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Re: Naming suggestion: single/dual roundtrip for 2-way/4-way handshake

From: RaphaŽl Troncy <Raphael.Troncy@cwi.nl>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 17:23:36 +0200
Message-ID: <49DF6478.9030808@cwi.nl>
To: Conrad Parker <conrad@metadecks.org>
CC: Jack Jansen <Jack.Jansen@cwi.nl>, Media Fragment <public-media-fragment@w3.org>
Dear Conrad,

> 2009/4/9 Jack Jansen <Jack.Jansen@cwi.nl>:
>> I was reading section 8, and I noticed that 2-way handshake was explained in
>> the preamble as "single roundtrip". This struck me as a name that may be
>> better in getting the idea across, with "dual roundtrip" then being the
>> obvious candidate for 4-way handshake.
> How about "single retrieval" and "sequence of retrievals"? I think it
> would be clearest to avoid making up new names for a simple HTTP GET.

Good terms are obviously difficult to find :-)
I don't like the term "retrieval" because it has already a well-defined 
but different meaning in other communities, namely in the information 
retrieval community that might (should) also be interested in this 
document. I like "roundtrip" :-) I like even more asking the community 
at large 1/ whether they are upset with the term 'handshake' or not? 2/ 
whether they can can with a better term suggestion.

This is the purpose of the editorial note that reads:
"In the following, we use the terms two-ways handshake when there is one 
roundtrip and four-ways handshake when there is two roundtrips between 
the UA and the server. We acknowledge that these terms are not 
necessarily adequate and we seek suggestions for having better terms for 
naming these processes."

Consequently, I would leave the terms like that since with this ed note.


RaphaŽl Troncy
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