[OSM-dev] API returns zipped data?

Maarten Deen mdeen at xs4all.nl
Sun Nov 7 11:24:30 GMT 2010

I was making a tool for myself and was downloading data from the API and saw 
that the data was binary data. On closer inspection it was gzipped.

The general information in http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/API_v0.6 talks 
about that the payload may be compressed, but I'm not sure what is meant by 
payload. Is this the request going to the api or is this what the api returns?
It also states that this should only happen when the client indicates this 
through the HTTP "Accept" header. But the client I'm using, Lynx, does not do 
so. At least: I've never received compressed data from any source before.


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