Re: Variants support in the latest HTTP 1.0 Draft.

lilley (
Thu, 9 Nov 1995 15:37:33 +0000 (GMT)

cvr said:

> I have a couple of questions on the support for variants in the latest
> HTTP Specs.
> 1. How does a client request the right variant from the servers?
> In the earlier specs of HTTP there used to be Accept: headers that
> would tell a server which kind of varint the client is interested -- by
> requesting desired Media-Type that included a charset, Language and/or
> Encoding.
> I am not clear why the Accept header and the Content Negotiation
> Algorithm are dropped from the latest specs?

They are not dropped from the *latest* spec. They have just moved. Look in
the HTTP 1.1 spec to find this sort of stuff. HTTP/1.0 spec describes best
current practice, ie what works now. HTTP/1.1 describes stuff like
Accept-Language which some servers (Apache) have started supporting.

Chris Lilley, Technical Author and JISC representative to W3C 
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