Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (wrec WG)
Authors Charles Perkins  , Josh Cohen  , Martin Dunsmuir  , Paul Gauthier  , Ian Cooper  , John M.A. 
Last updated 1999-07-29
Stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
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A mechanism is needed to permit web clients to locate nearby web proxy caches. Current best practice is for end users to hand configure their web client (i.e., browser) with the URL of an 'auto configuration file'. In large environments this presents a formidable support problem. It would be much more manageable for the web client software to automatically learn the configuration information for its web proxy settings. This is typically referred to as a resource discovery problem.


Charles Perkins (charliep@computer.org)
Josh Cohen (josh@microsoft.com)
Martin Dunsmuir (martind@prognet.com)
Paul Gauthier (gauthier@inktomi.com)
Ian Cooper (ian@the-coopers.org)
John M.A. (jcohen@psesd.wednet.edu)

(Note: The e-mail addresses provided for the authors of this Internet-Draft may no longer be valid.)