[webkit-dev] Request for position: Critical-CH response header, part of Client Hints Reliability proposal

Aaron Tagliaboschi aarontag at chromium.org
Wed Jan 27 04:40:02 PST 2021

Draft Spec:

The Client Hint Reliability proposal is a set of features aimed at making
Client Hints
<https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-httpbis-client-hints-15> more
reliably available and mitigating
mis-matches between a site's preferences and the preferences stored in the
browser. The idea
behind the Critical-CH response header is to signal to browsers that there
are hints the server
would rather pay a round trip than not have not the first request. The
basic algorithm is as follows:

If, after receiving a request with Critical-CH and Accept-CH headers, there
is a hint indicated in
the Critical-CH header that the browser did not send but would not block
sending, the browser
should store the new CH preferences, drop the request, and start a new one
with the new
headers included.

Aaron Tagliaboschi | Software Engineer, Chrome Trust & Safety
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