Communications Inc. this week announced the beta release of HyperSpace
Data Compression, the CHTML (Compressed HTML) protocol and the JO compiler.
The company has been working on a method of speeding the delivery of HTML
pages on the Internet, and came up with the idea of using compressed HTML.
At this time, the HTML documents you see on the Web are transmitted without
being compressed. The JO compiler, along with the HyperSpace plug-in,
accomplishes that task. The file is first compressed and stored on the Web
server, ready for transmission. When a user clicks on a hyperlink, the page
is delivered to the browser just as it normally would, but with up to a 70%
increase in speed.
While this technique would not work on Web pages with large amounts of
graphics and little text, for those pages that utilize large amounts of
text, it works very well. Consider the recent Net release of the Ken Starr
report, at about 476,119 bytes. By compressing it with the HyperSpace data
compression algorithms, you can get it down to 145,252 bytes. This is a
savings of 70%, which speeds the delivery from two minutes 20 seconds down
to a mere 40 seconds (at 28.8).
This beta release of HyperSpace is available for the Microsoft Internet
Explorer 4+ browser, with Netscape, AOL and Mosaic versions available soon.
A beta version of the JO compiler is also available now. For additional
information, or to receive a copy of the beta program, send an e-mail to [email protected] with the subject “HyperSpace Data Compression BETA.”