Bug 29446

Summary: want directive for setting content negotiation quality (qs)
Product: Apache httpd-2 Reporter: John Belmonte <john>
Component: mod_negotiationAssignee: Apache HTTPD Bugs Mailing List <bugs>
Status: RESOLVED LATER    
Severity: enhancement Keywords: MassUpdate
Priority: P3    
Version: 2.0.49   
Target Milestone: ---   
Hardware: All   
OS: All   

Description John Belmonte 2004-06-08 18:54:53 UTC
In brief, I would like a directive for setting the qs value for a resource.  
Synopsis: 
 
<Files index.rss> 
    SetQs .1 
</Files> 
 
I know that it is possible to set the qs value using a type map, but it's a 
burden to maintain such a configuration for the following reasons: 
 
  1) every variant must have an entry in the type map, even if you want to set 
the Qs on just one file 
 
  2) each variant entry must spell out the content type, even though it is 
ignored when the resource is located in a file (mentioned in Bug 29445). 
 
An example use case is when you would like to publish an .rss variant of a 
resource.  The problem is that certain poorly maintained browsers, and even 
the validator.org validator, don't bother specifying which types they expect, 
and so the .rss file might be served to them.  A reasonable solution is to 
lower the qs value for the .rss variant.  Currently, for the directory index, 
I have to make a map file like this: 
 
URI: index 
 
URI: index.rss 
Content-type: application/rss+xml; qs=.1 
 
URI: index.en.html 
Content-type: text/html 
 
URI: index.fr.html 
Content-type: text/html 
 
. 
. 
. 
 
Obviously that's difficult to maintain if you have many variants of a 
resource.  I would much rather just set the qs of index.rss, as shown at the 
beginning of this report.
Comment 1 John Belmonte 2004-06-08 21:39:54 UTC
In the example I gave, it turns out that the map file must be even more 
verbose and redundant, as it seems that Content-language must be provided for 
each item in order for content negotiation to work: 
 
URI: index  
  
URI: index.rss  
Content-type: application/rss+xml; qs=.1  
Content-language: en 
  
URI: index.en.html  
Content-type: text/html  
Content-language: en 
  
URI: index.fr.html  
Content-type: text/html  
Content-language: fr 
  
.  
.  
.  
 
Comment 2 William A. Rowe Jr. 2018-11-07 21:09:51 UTC
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