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"X-" Considered Harmful
draft-saintandre-xdash-considered-harmful-01

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (individual)
Author Peter Saint-Andre
Last updated 2014-07-02 (Latest revision 2010-10-19)
Replaced by RFC 6648
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Abstract

Many application protocols use named parameters to represent data (for example, header fields in Internet mail messages and HTTP requests). Historically, protocol designers and implementers have often differentiated between "standard" and "experimental" parameters by prefixing experimental parameters with the string "X-". This document argues that, on balance, the "X-" convention has more costs than benefits.

Authors

Peter Saint-Andre

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