Variant object

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Variant objects in the context of HTTP are objects served by an Origin Content Server in a type of transmitted data variation (ie. uncompressed, compressed, different languages, etc).

HTTP/1.1 (1997-1999)[1][2] introduces Content/Accept headers. These are used in HTTP requests and responses to state which variant the data is presented in.

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Example Scenario

Client:

GET /encoded_data.html HTTP/1.1
Host: www.example.com
Accept-Encoding: gzip

Server:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK 
Server: http-example-server
Content-Length: 23
Content-Encoding: gzip

<23 bytes of gzip compressed data>


See also

References

  1. Fielding, Roy T.; Gettys, Jim; Mogul, Jeffrey C.; Nielsen, Henrik Frystyk; Berners-Lee, Tim (January 1997). Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1. IETF. RFC 2068. http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2068. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  2. Fielding, Roy T.; Gettys, James; Mogul, Jeffrey C.; Nielsen, Henrik Frystyk; Masinter, Larry; Leach, Paul J.; Berners-Lee, Tim (June 1999). Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1. IETF. RFC 2616. http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2616. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 

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