feedback on draft-reschke-basicauth-enc-04, "3. The 'encoding' auth-param"

"Alexei Khlebnikov" <alexei.khlebnikov@opera.com> Mon, 30 January 2012 12:22 UTC

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Subject: feedback on draft-reschke-basicauth-enc-04, "3. The 'encoding' auth-param"
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Hi,

My feedback on  
<http://greenbytes.de/tech/webdav/draft-reschke-basicauth-enc-04.html#encoding>:

Was it considered to name the new parameter "charset" instead of  
"encoding"?

I can see the following advantages of "charset":

1) "Charset" is unambigous. "Encoding" is ambigous, it can refer to many  
things: base64, quoted-printable, chunked-coding, gzip-compression, etc.

2) "Charset" is already used in the HTTP protocol, so it is good to use  
the same word for consistency:

Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8


-- 
Alexei.