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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject Re: counters internal to web server
Date Tue, 09 Jul 1996 01:05:07 GMT
On Mon, 8 Jul 1996, Roy T. Fielding wrote:
>   1) They don't count what the author thinks they count.
> (1) can be just as easily, and more accurately, accomplished off-line.

No contest.

>   2) They show the reader something that the reader doesn't give a damn about
>      (usually at the cost of several seconds download time).
> (2) is an annoyance to the user and sometimes detrimental to the net

Put it in the server, don't make it an inlined image, and it shouldn't add
to any delay appreciably.  But those uber-counter sites are certainly
potholes on the information superhighway when they get bogged down...

>   3) They can screw-up caching.
> (3) is detrimental to the net

So do SSI's in general, and if people aren't putting Last-Mods on their
SSI documents or CGI scripts, then they're already a lost cause with
respect to caching.



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