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   RE: [xml-dev] Generality of HTTP

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On Wed, 2002-01-23 at 09:57, Al B. Snell wrote:
> Although proper use of HTTP/1.1 will spread the overhead of connection
> setup and teardown, HTTP/1.1 is a relatively complex protocol to implement
> and there is still the issue of the seperate acks of request and response
> as opposed to piggybacking them with the data transfers as UDP-based
> protocols do.

And HTTP 1.1 has lots of parts I don't consider remotely necessary for
client-server work.  It might be interesting to take close look at HTTP
as a likely candidate for subsetting.  GET, POST, a few headers.

Won't get rid of TCP's overhead, but it could simplify some kinds of
processing without leaping to an entirely new spec.

On the other hand, I do like BEEP a lot.  (It also uses TCP.)

Simon St.Laurent
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