[webkit-dev] Staging WebSocket protocol deployment

Alexey Proskuryakov ap at webkit.org
Fri Nov 13 10:03:29 PST 2009

While WebSocket API is fairly stable, the discussion of underlying  
protocol at IETF is far from being done. It could be disruptive to  
ship our WebSocket implementation in a way that would effectively  
freeze the protocol.

One way to achieve future compatibility is by using a different scheme  
for WebSocket URLs - e.g. "webkit-ws:" and "webkit-wss:" instead of  
"ws:" and "wss:", respectively. Depending on how protocol  
standardization goes, we could alias these later, or add a separate  
standards compliant implementation.

I'm going to submit a patch to this effect, but would like to discuss  
the idea on the list first.

- WBR, Alexey Proskuryakov

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