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Re: Please clarify * is legal in HTTP1/1 Accept-Charset Header

From: Jurgen Bettels <jbettels@netscape.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 1997 08:39:14 -0800
Message-Id: <32D670B2.25F0@netscape.com>
To: Chris Lilley <Chris.Lilley@sophia.inria.fr>
Cc: koen@win.tue.nl, ftang@netscape.com, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com, Alan_Barrett/DUB/Lotus.LOTUSINT@crd.lotus.com, Ed_Batutis/CAM/Lotus@crd.lotus.com, bobj@netscape.com, mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch, www-international@www10.w3.org, i18ngroup@netscape.com
> On Jan 9, 10:46am, Koen Holtman wrote:
> 
> > Even if procedural reasons do not allow adding the wildcard to 1.1, it can
> > still be defined on top of 1.1.  I do so in the upcoming revision of the
> > transparent content negotiation draft.  Here is the text:
> > [...]
> >    Accept-Charset: iso-8859-5;q=0.8, *;q=0.9
> >
> >    This specification does assign a special meaning: servers and
> >    clients capable of transparent content negotiation must take "*" as
> >    a wildcard matching every character set not explicitly mentioned
> >    elsewhere in the Accept-Charset header.  As an example, the above
> >    header assigns a quality value of 0.9 to the iso-8859-2 charset.
> 
> I would urge you to add additional wording such that, in the absence of an
> explicit q factor, the wildcard has a default, low q factor such as 0.1.
> 
> This applies to Accept and Accept-Language as well. It would correct a
> sitiation where browsers send a list of things they do accept, followed
> by *, and this is (currently) often taken to mean exactly the same as
> if they had only sent the *. Some existing servers allocate 0.1 to a
> wildcard (and a somewhat higher value to a partial wildcard, such as
> audio/*). It would be excellent to have this behaviour explicitly part
> of the specification.
> 
> --
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