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From "Roy T. Fielding" <field...@kiwi.ICS.UCI.EDU>
Subject Re: [PATCH] multipart/byteranges + keepalive
Date Mon, 10 Feb 1997 09:50:52 GMT
>If it's wrong, it's not just the examples. I quoth from section 19.2:
>
>"The multipart/byteranges media type includes two or more parts,
>each with its own Content-Type and Content-Range fields."

bummer.

>It makes sense to me... otherwise how would you know the content type
>of the document you're retreiving the range for? (remember, the main
>entity has a content type of multipart/byteranges). I'm curious to
>know why you think this is wrong.

The problem is that "part of a gif" is not a valid image/gif.  Likewise
for HTML, PDF, etc.  I suppose it doesn't matter for HTTP, but it would
probably annoy the MIME folks.  I'm sure they'll blame it on me, just
like they do all the other non-MIME aspects of HTTP.

The Content-Type isn't needed because the recipient already has some
other part of a prior response.  I guess that wouldn't be true if it
is being used as something more than cache-completion, as has been
discussed for palmtops, but it was specified as application/octet-stream
the last time a paid any attention to that part of the spec.

.....Roy

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