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Chapter 18. Compressing the Web > Content Compression

Content Compression

Most browsers released since 1998–1999 support the HTTP 1.1 standard known as IETF “content-encoding” (although content encoding was included in the HTTP 1.0 specification: RFC 1945.[3]) Content encoding (also known as HTTP compression) is a publicly defined way to compress (that is, deflate) HTTP content transferred from web servers to browsers using public domain compression algorithms, like gzip.

[3] Tim Berners-Lee, Roy T. Fielding, and Henrik F. Nielsen, “Hypertext Transfer Protocol—HTTP/1.0,” RFC 1945 [online], (1996), available from the Internet at http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1945.txt. This RFC includes a content encoding section.

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