Re: [hybi] The future of WebSockets, and the WiSH proposal

Takeshi Yoshino <tyoshino@google.com> Tue, 25 April 2017 08:52 UTC

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From: Takeshi Yoshino <tyoshino@google.com>
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Subject: Re: [hybi] The future of WebSockets, and the WiSH proposal
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On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 5:09 PM, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl> wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 9:26 AM, Takeshi Yoshino <tyoshino@google.com>
> wrote:
> > We’d like to hear your feedback on the WiSH proposal and/or any general
> > thoughts on how to evolve WS.
>
> I still don't really understand why we'd put new code in browsers
> before gaining some experience with full-duplex fetch(). What
> advantages remain? That you get a dedicated connection? That the
> frames are slightly smaller? Can we find ways to get those advantages
> into fetch() and a future version of HTTP?
>

Yes, theoretically there are lots of overlap between what the
fetch()/Streams effort realizes and current/WiSH-ed WebSocket realizes.

However, there is existing big WebSocket ecosystem based on the WebSocket
web API, server APIs designed to match it, intermediaries, etc. I'd like to
hear opinions from them. That's actually one of the main purposes of this
discussion.

The bottom of the background section of the I-D (
https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-yoshino-wish-02#section-2) is
unintentionally (I forgot to update it) left to be talking about using WiSH
framing over fetch()/Streams to improve the WebSocket ecosystem without
introducing any dedicated browser code. This is also a possible option
though it requires developers to include Polyfill in their code.