Re: Do you agree

From: Henrik Nordstrom <>
Date: Wed, 31 May 2000 16:14:38 +0200 wrote:

> Is it true that squid doesn't read the meta tags while browsers do.
> This will enable one to send directives to browsers that you don't want
> squid to implement.

True, unless the HTTP server also reads them and puts them in the HTTP
headers which is the official way to use the HTML meta http-equiv tags.
Browser support is optional and outside standards specifications, and
hopefully the browser support will eventually disappear as it generally
makes a mess of things (authors thinking the correct expiry information
is there, but caches does not share this view..)

From HTML 4.0 specification section 7.4.4:

   META and HTTP headers

   The http-equiv attribute can be used in place of the name
   attribute and has a special significance when documents
   are retrieved via the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
   HTTP servers may use the property name specified by
   the http-equiv attribute to create an [RFC822]-style header
   in the HTTP response. Please see the HTTP specification
   ([RFC2068]) for details on valid HTTP headers.

Followed with some examples of how the HTTP server might use the

Henrik Nordstrom
Squid hacker
Received on Wed May 31 2000 - 08:34:09 MDT

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