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Re: Round 3: moving HTTP 1.0 to informational

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@avron.ICS.UCI.EDU>
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 1996 19:10:32 -0800
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <9602111910.aa14693@paris.ics.uci.edu>
>> It is a "you should've figured this one out already, but too many
>> implementors have already screwed up on it" kind of sentence.  Given
>> that Mosaic was the worst culprit, I'd like to see it in the spec. 
>> How about:
>>   Upon receipt of a media type with an unrecognized parameter,
>>   a user agent should treat the media type as if the unrecognized
>>   parameter and its value were not present.
> I'm still confused. What did Mosaic do wrong that this wording would
> have told them not to do?

When we first asked people to use the version and/or level parameters
of text/html, we encountered problems due to Mosaic popping up a
"Save As..." dialog (what it does for unrecognized media types)
for any document labelled


even though the browser was perfectly capable of handling that type.

Received on Sunday, 11 February 1996 19:18:24 UTC

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