Re: Byte ranges -- formal spec proposal

Daniel W. Connolly (
Wed, 17 May 1995 19:39:35 -0400

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To: Ari Luotonen <>
Subject: Re: Byte ranges -- formal spec proposal 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Wed, 17 May 1995 13:22:40 PDT."
Date: Wed, 17 May 1995 19:39:35 -0400
From: "Daniel W. Connolly" <>

In message <>, Ari Luotonen writes:

A nice, clear, complete proposal. As you say, this could be done as a
server-private mechanism, but there's no reason why everybody
shouldn't do it the same way.

A couple nits:

>     * The first byte in file is byte number 1.

Blech. I'd rather it were 0. No biggie.

>   If at some point there will be multiple simultaneous URL parameters,
>   they should be separated by the ampersand character (just like
>   multiple values are encoded in the FORM request).

The ampersand character has odd interactions with SGML entity
reference syntax in HTML.

This URL:


has to be written:

	<a href="http://host/path;param1=val1&#38;param2=val2">xxx</a>
	<a href="http://host/path;param1=val1&amp;param2=val2">xxx</a>

in HTML.

I suggest you separate parameters with ';' in stead:

	<a href="http://host/path;param1=val1;param2=val2">xxx</a>

Save everybody a little grief.