HTTP Compression (First Phase) Implemented in Mozilla!

Thursday September 17th, 1998 has just gone up with news that Mozilla now has a limited form of HTTP compression! In this first phase of the implementation, the browser sends an "Accept-encoding: gzip" header to the server. If the correct Apache server module is installed, and the access.conf file in the requested document's directory has a line "CompressContent: yes", the server will look for any gzipped versions of the requested file in that directory. Whew!

But that's just the first step. Click here to read about what's to come!

#2 Re: HTTP Compression

by Wesley Felter <>

Friday September 18th, 1998 2:48 PM

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MSIE 4.0 already has it, so will IIS 5.0.

Apache doesn't support compression-on-the-fly by default; you'll need to add a module for that (but I saw one that was written in Perl to do it...). I think the default version of Apache can be configured (using MultiViews) to send pre-compressed data when appropriate.