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From Paul Sutton <>
Subject Re: chunking and HTTP/1.0
Date Tue, 19 Aug 1997 09:58:44 GMT
On Tue, 19 Aug 1997, Dean Gaudet wrote:
> Yeah you read it right ... what if a client sent "Accept-Encoding:
> chunked" with an HTTP/1.0 request.  Right now we ignore it.  Should we
> accept it and give them a nicely chunked response?

Umm, sounds ok, but RFC2145 gives an example which just happens to be
about content-encoding:

   An implementation of HTTP/x.b sending a message to a recipient whose
   version is known to be HTTP/x.a, a < b, MUST NOT depend on the
   recipient understanding a header not defined in the specification for
   HTTP/x.a.  For example, HTTP/1.0 clients cannot be expected to
   understand chunked encodings, and so an HTTP/1.1 server must never
   send "Transfer-Encoding: chunked" in response to an HTTP/1.0 request
                ( section 2.2)

I guess it depends on whether "cannot be expected" here can be overriden
by the client explicitly sending a "Accept-Encoding: chunked". 


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