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From Ben Laurie <...@gonzo.ben.algroup.co.uk>
Subject Re: META revisited
Date Tue, 25 Feb 1997 10:03:24 GMT
Marc Slemko wrote:
> 
> On Mon, 24 Feb 1997, Rob Hartill wrote:
> 
> > On Mon, 24 Feb 1997, Ben Laurie wrote:
> > 
> > > A long, long time ago, I brought up the question of HTTP-EQUIV META tags. I
> > > was told at the time that this is a client-side thing. However, this does not
> > > appear to be the case. Firstly, the HTML 3.2 spec clearly says that this tag
> > > should be used by servers, and secondly, Netscape at least do not process it
at
> > > the client end (as far as I can tell).
> > > 
> > > Standards-wise, this is somewhat unfortunate - should this really be in the
> > > HTTP spec? Anyway, the question is, does anyone have any views? Should we
> > > support this?
> > 
> > It makes far more sense for the CLIENT to parse the HTML for META
> > since there's more spare cpu cycles on clients than servers, and the
> > clients already have to parse the HTML anyway.
> 
> And I think this is an extremely good point.  The impact is trivial on the
> client side and doing a lot of it on the server side can eliminate the
> possibility of some possible performance enhancements that I'm thinking
> about, some of them in connection with a threaded implementation; sure,
> you have to scan some files anyway, but... 
> 
> OTOH, just because it makes more sense doesn't mean that is how it is/will
> be done...

There's no point debating what is sensible here - W3C set the standard, not us.

Cheers,

Ben.

> 
> > 
> > Should Apache support it ?, support - yes, as part of the core - no.
> > 
> > It's a trivial module to write (I have one for mod_perl), but it's
> > definitely not for everyone.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> 

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