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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject Re: netscape beta
Date Mon, 09 Oct 1995 10:07:52 GMT
On Sun, 8 Oct 1995, Alexei Kosut wrote:
> On Sun, 8 Oct 1995, Rob Hartill wrote:
> > Do the Mac/Windoze versions recognise 
> > "Content-encoding: x-gzip"  or .."x-compress" ?
> I can't speak about the Windows version, but Netscape 2.0b1 for Macintosh 
> does "recognise" it... sorta. A .html.gz file I just tried resulted in a 
> dialog box with:
> Warning: unrecognized encoding 'x-gzip'.
> Then it displayed garbage (which I'm assuming is the compressed file) in
> the window. So it doesn't *decode* it. But it knows it's there, and is 
> smart enough to tell the user.
> x-compress results in the same thing, with x-gzip replaced with x-compress.

Shit - I thought they were to have gunzip and uncompress in 2.0 mac and 

More relevance - right now since none of the browsers that can accept 
gzip'd files tell the server via Accept-Encoding: headers, it's 
impossible for a server to "do the right thing" with a .gz file (i.e. 
gunzip it for non-gz-unzipping clients server-side) except leave it up to 
the user/interface ("click *here* for the gzipp'd version").  This is 
crucial in VRML for example.  


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