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[whatwg] RWD Heaven: if browsers reported device capabilities in a request header

From: Glenn Maynard <glenn@zewt.org>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2012 11:06:00 -0600
Message-ID: <CABirCh8T31OfAZP0TLp7FzGjs1g4pvAXjOCkEmsERgkgvBt9Xw@mail.gmail.com>
On Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 9:52 AM, Matthew Wilcox <mail at matthewwilcox.com>wrote:

> I agree that headers are expensive. But are they expensive compared to a
> few hundred kilobytes of saved bandwidth because we were able
> to successfully negotiate content?

Yes.  The problem is the word "we".  Everyone in the world has to pay the
cost for someone else's savings.  Find an approach that doesn't introduce a
cost to every HTTP request made by every browser.

That's not the only problem here--screen size isn't enough, you need to
know the device's effective DPI, as well as the issues Boris points out,
and there are probably tons of other details--but it's the biggest.

Glenn Maynard
Received on Monday, 6 February 2012 09:06:00 UTC

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