Re: fiat mode on regarding WWW and documentation
On Sun, 29 Jun 1997, Bruce Perens wrote:
>On Sun, 29 Jun 1997, Christoph Lameter wrote:
>> This is a non-standard extension of the http protocol!
>This is a pretty silly argument. The web server has complete control over
>how a compressed document is presented. It can send the document as
>"Content-Type: text/html" or as "Content-Type: application/gzip".
>The web server can completely hide compression from the browser.
The web-browser does not have complete control about what kind of
decompressors are installed if any. Ok the term I used is probably not
very good. My precision of expression is really lacking ... .
May I would better have said:
This is a non-customary extension to the functionality available in common
web-browsers on non-Linux platforms.
>At this point I'm convinced that dwww should depend on a web server, and
>that the server should be able to handle compressed documents. I am willing
>to take the (small) hit for "boa" or something else small and fast. I am
>willing to support browsers on the system that can browse the documentation
>directly, but am not willing to insist that all browsers do so.
Good. I think the security issue could be taken care of easily since the
developer of boa is a debian developer. We are fortunate to have such
capable people among us! Certainly he might be able to help us with any
functionality we find lacking on the server side.
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