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From Alexei Kosut <>
Subject Re: HTTP/1.1 and colons and things
Date Thu, 20 Jun 1996 17:41:11 GMT
On Thu, 20 Jun 1996, Roy T. Fielding wrote:


> Spyglass implemented their's after the conneg group started, so they
> probably handle ":" just fine (assuming it works).

Actually, no. I just checked, on,
which is a GIF image.

   HEAD /graphics/topever HTTP/1.0
   Accept: image/gif:q=1

   HTTP/1.0 406 None Acceptable
   Date: Thu, 20 Jun 1996 17:36:11 GMT
   Allow: GET, HEAD
   Server: Spyglass_Server/1.20fc7
   Content-Type: text/html
   Content-Length: 204

(the entity is a list of the one variant, in human-readable form - not
helpful for inline images). Wheras:

   HEAD /graphics/topever HTTP/1.0
   Accept: image/gif;q=1

   HTTP/1.0 200 OK
   Date: Thu, 20 Jun 1996 17:37:31 GMT
   Allow: GET, HEAD
   Server: Spyglass_Server/1.20fc7
   Content-Length: 11981
   Content-Type: image/gif
   Last-Modified: Thu, 20 Jun 1996 14:32:46 GMT
   URI: <topever.gif>

So of the three (CERN, Apache, Spyglass) content-neg-supporting servers,
Spyglass seems to adhere to the most recent spec, but, like the other two,
it doesn't support colons either.

-- Alexei Kosut <>            The Apache HTTP Server

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