Re: Auto-Download tags/function?

Tony Sanders (sanders@BSDI.COM)
Thu, 19 May 1994 12:56:37 -0500

"Daniel W. Connolly" writes:
> >> HREF="http://host/path;content-type=applicaiton/postscript"
> I believe that a reference should be able to express:
> "See _the_postscript_version_ of document xxxx"
> I think this is just a desirable feature that we don't have.
> I beleive it must not be a private agreement between client and server,
> so that, for instance, if a proxy server has the postscript version
> cached, it can serve it up, even though there is a possibility that
> the document exists in other formats on the original server.

What you propose should be solved using the URI: header. URI: can tell
you the URL for *exactly* what you have now or it can tell which attributes
can be varied. That's all it should need to know and that's a *LOT* more
information than coding a content-type in a URL *and* it doesn't break
existing practice.