[Python-ideas] HTTP compression support for http.server

Barry barry at barrys-emacs.org
Sat Aug 5 06:49:46 EDT 2017

Does you code allow suporting more then gzip? For example Brotli compression is becoming inmportant for some web apps.


> On 24 Jul 2017, at 17:30, Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 2:20 AM, Chris Barker <chris.barker at noaa.gov> wrote:
>> On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 12:15 AM, Pierre Quentel <pierre.quentel at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> - if so, should it be supported by default ? It is the case in the PR,
>>> where a number of content types, eg text/html, are compressed if the user
>>> agent accepts the gzip "encoding"
>> I'm pretty wary of compression happening by default -- i.e. someone runs
>> exactly the same code with a newer version of Python, and suddenly some
>> content is getting compressed.
> FWIW I'm quite okay with that. HTTP already has a mechanism for
> negotiating compression (Accept-Encoding), designed to be compatible
> with servers that don't support it. Any time a server gains support
> for something that clients already support, it's going to start
> happening as soon as you upgrade.
> Obviously this kind of change won't be happening in a bugfix release
> of Python, so it would be part of the regular checks when you upgrade
> from 3.6 to 3.7 - it'll be in the NEWS file and so on, so you read up
> on it before you upgrade.
> ChrisA
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