Re: plain text protocol [was: Re: Performance analysis questions] Andrew Payne <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 1994 04:42:36 +0200
From: Andrew Payne <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Multiple recipients of list <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: plain text protocol [was: Re: Performance analysis questions]
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Rick Troth writes:
>> Suppose, in the future, we want to be able to take the md5 checksum of
>> the HTTP headers. If you corrupt the bytes by throwing away whitespace
>> at the end of a line, you defeat such efforts.
> You're saying that HTTP is -not- a plain text protocol.
> If it's not a plain text protocol, then GET should have been
>something like (in C):
What is a "plain text protocol"? If you answer, please be very, very
HTTP depends on reliable, 8-bit transport. The fact that HTTP has byte
sequences that spell out English words has no implication on other aspects
of the protocol.