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Re: Not UDP? Re: Proposed HTML ping attribute

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 23:09:16 -0500
Message-ID: <e9dffd640801152009x64ac907ex4f1858a624f9ef9e@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Tim Berners-Lee" <timbl@w3.org>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org

Hi Tim,

On 1/15/08, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org> wrote:
> Presumably it has been discussed why UDP should not be used?
> It would seem to have the right characteristics.
> It would have less load on the net, by many times.
> And dramatically reduce time, buffer space etc for all parties.
> And it could be filtered out as a luxury on links under abnormal stress.
> Anyone got a pointer to the reasons? why not?

UDP is a possible transport, sure, but it alone doesn't address the
problem because it prescribes no application semantics. i.e. you can
have datagram based messages with either GET or POST semantics.

Mark Baker.  Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.         http://www.markbaker.ca
Coactus; Web-inspired integration strategies  http://www.coactus.com
Received on Wednesday, 16 January 2008 04:09:21 UTC

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