Bug#529271: Does not support compressed websites.

Julian Andres Klode jak at debian.org
Mon May 18 12:38:00 UTC 2009

On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 09:18:31AM -0300, Gustavo Noronha wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-05-18 at 13:22 +0200, Julian Andres Klode wrote:
> > Webkit does not support rendering pages send in Content-Encoding: gzip. This
> > makes it impossible to use them. One example for such a site is ubuntuone.com.
> > 
> > It just displays the binary data, but does not decode it.
> That's right. I'll try to cook a patch to let the server know we don't
> know how to handle gzip yet.
It seems that this was an error on the ubuntuone.com server which send
gzip encoded content, although the client did not explicitly request
it (the server was thus violating a "SHOULD" of RFC2616).

This means that webkit behaves correctly according to the specification,
which means this bug should be more or less a wishlist bug. But sending
an "Accept-Encoding: identity" header would be correct as well.

But I still would like to have gzip support in webkit, as it can improve
experience on slow connections.

Julian Andres Klode  - Free Software Developer
   Debian Developer  - Contributing Member of SPI
   Ubuntu Member     - Fellow of FSFE

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