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Suggestion: http request bundle

From: Doug Whitehead <Doug.Whitehead@nasd.com>
Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2006 05:33:14 +0100
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <C16FDC83.3089%Doug.Whitehead@nasd.com>

Enhance the http protocol to create a request bundle, with a zip response  
minimize the chatter between the browser and a server.

> From the web user's perspective website load times could be accelerated  
> if N
requests for resources could be bundled into a single request from a

This would also minimize the load on the webserver, as one request bundle
and zip response could replace what currently takes dozens of
request/response pairs.

Think about the dozens of gifs, icons, etc. that get loaded when one first
hits a website. Seconds could be shaved off the initial load time if the
browser were able to grab multiple items from its request queue for the  
destination, same user, etc. To do so would surely suggest a minor
Javascript API enhancement to take advantage of the request bundle

Migration Thoughts:
As a request bundle is functionally equivalent to N individual request, a
browser that encounters a site that does not implement the request bundle,
could fail gracefully back to individual requests.

> From the webserver's perspective, if the browser is incapable of issuing  
> a
request bundle, the webserver will merely receive individual requests and
thus issue individual responses, as is done today.

Personal Comment:
I am working with a team using AJAX. As a result of creating a rich client
experience, at one point there are some 60 static resources, which can add  
seconds to the page load time. (icons for toolbar buttons, etc.) This type
of experience can not be uncommon these days.

Doug Whitehead
NASD Architect

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