Accessing CVS-WEB?

Christopher R. Hertel crh at
Wed Jul 11 17:40:48 GMT 2001

Andrew Bartlett wrote:
> Its the gzip encoding.  The files are gzip encoded to save bandwidth
> (becouse they are both large and compress well), and your older browser
> doesn't understand it.  Upgrade your browser.


Can you show me where in the W3C specs it says that gzip encoding is part
of the standard?  It may be there, as the W3C validator can read the page
(though it does cough up an error message...missing ALT tag). 

If it's part of the standard then upgrading the browser is, unfortunately,
the correct answer (and you can skip the rest of this message). 

If not, then requiring gzip is no better than letting Microsoft generate
unfriendly Javascript web pages and expect users to "upgrade" to Internet
Explorer with all the dummy switches turned on just to see the content. 

Sorry, but the "your browser isn't good enough for our web page" thing
gets on my nerves.  I'm annoyed by Microsoft's successful takeover of the
web and I don't want to be guilty of the same bad behavior that got them

Chris -)-----

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