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Title : Delta encoding in HTTP
Author(s) : J. Mogul et al.
Filename : draft-mogul-http-delta-08.txt
Pages : 46
Date : 30-Mar-01
Many HTTP requests cause the retrieval of slightly modified
instances of resources for which the client already has a
cache entry. Research has shown that such modifying
updates are frequent, and that the modifications are
typically much smaller than the actual entity. In such
cases, HTTP would make more efficient use of network
bandwidth if it could transfer a minimal description of the
changes, rather than the entire new instance of the
resource. This is called 'delta encoding.' This
document describes how delta encoding can be supported as a
compatible extension to HTTP/1.1.
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