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From Joshua Slive <jos...@slive.ca>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Encoding of HTTP messages
Date Mon, 10 Mar 2003 19:10:42 GMT

On Mon, 10 Mar 2003, rf wrote:

> Or to be more specific, is any encoding acceptable?
>
> --- rf <rufoo2001@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > What is the encoding used on the basic HTTP messages
> > like:
> > GET http://www.yahoo.com HTTP/1.1
> >
> > as the content-encoding is for content(body) and not
> > headers.

See the RFC:
http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2616.txt

If you are asking can you compress the headers (that is what
content-encoding is used for in the body), the answer is no. In general,
only a plain subset of US-ASCII is allowed in the headers.

Joshua.

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