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From George_Carre...@iacnet.com
Subject Re: absoluteURIs suck
Date Wed, 18 Feb 1998 12:23:04 GMT
>>
This is a waste of bandwidth having to include the hostname
twice. 
>>

Looking on the bright side, almost all web-sites are asymetric with respect
to available network bandwith. A few more incoming bytes won't even
be noticed.

It sure does look ugly to HTTPD implementors of course.
Too bad that http didn't get it right the first time, and require
sending the entire request to the server.

You can compare the situation to the horror stories from the early 1980's
during the transition of some sites from "uucp-style" mail handling
to "internet-mail-style" handling. In UUCP mail the receiver agent
would not get the entire address. That is, if you sent mail to mitvax!gjc
then the mitvax agent would see only gjc.
That is like the HTTP/1.0 situation.
But with internet mail handling practices before the unix infection
it was generally realized that if you sent mail to gjc@mitvax
then the mitvax mail server should receive the entire address gjc@mitvax.

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. 
http://cid.unomaha.edu/~ajuska/cltheory/Marxcit.htm

Looking on the bright side again we are well into farce this time.


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