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From "Roy T. Fielding" <field...@liege.ICS.UCI.EDU>
Subject Re: Blaze??
Date Tue, 03 Dec 1996 18:29:13 GMT
> More on this Blaze thing.  Suppose you had two xSpeed aware poxies
> back to back.  They could send requests to each other with 'Accept:
> xSpeed/compressed' (or some such MIME), and once satisfied could
> then do the compression/encapsulation dance to send responses.

They don't even need that.  See the Upgrade header in HTTP/1.1.

> Mmm, besides, once two proxies have identified that they understand
> the same transfer protocol they can just open a UDP line and send
> their information down that, provided it doesn't abuse HTTP's
> various safeguards.
> Roy F, is this just hokum?  Is there already a sensible mechanism
> for speeding up transfers between Proxies that doesn't go against
> the letter of the HTTP law?

The idea was for HTTP/2.0 to be a multiplexing, tokenized protocol.
The only thing it lacked was an persistent person to do the work of defining
it, as I did for HTTP/1.x.  The Upgrade header is the graceful deployment
mechanism.  Henrik already has a working version of this for Jigsaw.
Using a proprietary protocol for this kind of thing would be really stupid.


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