Re: Compressed JSON
- I finally got it working. The headers were being added correctly
but the encoding was not. I switched methods of compression and it
works perfectly. The browser/platform should auto-decompress on the
other end if the headers are set correctly. There should be no need
to use a gzip library, as some suggested.
To others that do not use compression I highly recomend it. The
advantage of JSON is the small size, and simplicity to Parse. If
you are not compressing your streams then you are not taking full
advantage of the format.
My JSON went from 5k to 1k, i know these are already small files,
but my web interface is making dozens of calls a minute and updating
the screen, that small decrease in size will add tons to the
unsability of the page for those on slower connections.
The final solution was to wrap my PHP page with start_gzip and
end_gzip commands, the browser auto decompresses and parses the
result wih JS.
Thanks again to all that left feedback.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Tom Metro <tmetro+json@...> wrote:
> henrik hjelte wrote:
> >> ...I am sending the files to the browser in gzip form and they
> >> automagiacally decompress, before going to the parser.
> > I think you have to set the proper value of the http response
> > content-type, to a value like text/gzip or text/zip.
> Yes, though it looks like Content-Type is unchanged, but a
> Content-Encoding header needs to be added.
> Here are a couple of articles on this that I found when searching
> "HTTP Compression":
> Most newer browsers since 1998/1999 have been equipped to
> HTTP 1.1 standard known as "content-encoding." ... Essentially
> browser indicates to the server that it can accept "content
> and if the server is capable it will then compress the data and
> transmit it.
> HTTP compression uses public domain compression algorithms,
> at the server. This standards-based method of delivering
> content is built into HTTP 1.1, and most modern browsers that
> HTTP 1.1 support ZLIB inflation of deflated documents. In other
> they can decompress compressed files automatically...
> So the likely problem is that your server isn't sending the
> Content-Encoding header. Also note that your server is supposed to
> looking at the request headers and *only* sending compressed
> the client says it can handle it.
> Whether all this magic is supported by the XMLHttpRequest() API is
> another matter, but being a documented feature of HTTP 1.1 it
> likely that the capability is implemented in the lower layer
> Tom Metro
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