Re: [hybi] -09: abstract and introduction

Greg Wilkins <gregw@intalio.com> Mon, 20 June 2011 06:57 UTC

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On 16 June 2011 07:10, Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter@stpeter.im> wrote:
> Section 1.1 has always struck me as strange. It sounds as if we're
> developing an IM protocol here! I suggest:
>
>   Historically, creating Web applications that need bidirectional
>   communication between a client and a server (e.g., instant messaging
>   and gaming applications) has required an abuse of HTTP to poll the
>   server for updates while sending upstream notifications as distinct
>   HTTP calls. [RFC6202]


I don't think the usage of "abuse" can be justified.   There is
nothing abusive about long polling and it is entirely legal HTTP.
Besides that is too much of a subjective reason.

How about:

  Historically, creating Web applications that need bidirectional
  communication between a client and a server (e.g., instant messaging
  and gaming applications), has required the use of HTTP to poll or long
  poll the server for updates.  Such usage of HTTP is less efficient
and responsive
  that what is possible with a TCP/IP connection.



regards