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Re: Unknown text/* subtypes [i20]

From: Geoffrey Sneddon <foolistbar@googlemail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 16:26:43 +0000
Cc: ietf-http-wg@w3.org, Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Message-Id: <BA700809-2F40-4A8A-B975-9645E8DF8E2E@googlemail.com>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>

On 12 Feb 2008, at 14:03, Julian Reschke wrote:

> HTTP/1.1 recipients MUST respect the charset label provided by the  
> sender; and those user agents that have a provision to "guess" a  
> charset MUST use the charset from the content-type field if they  
> support that charset, rather than the recipient's preference, when  
> initially displaying a document.

Does this mean using US-ASCII for text/xml without an explicit  
charset? I read it as meaning so (as by omitting it you have  
implicitly sent a US-ASCII charset label).

If you really want to require such a thing it is worth noting that it  
is extremely unlikely that any major HTTP implementation will actually  
abide by what 2616bis requires (therefore making the major  
implementations non-conforming). Do you really want to write a spec.  
with  couple of academic/experimental implementations, and nothing  
else? Surely it'd be more useful to specify HTTP in such a way that  
the major implementations can actually abide by the specification  
(while meeting market demands)?

Geoffrey Sneddon
Received on Tuesday, 12 February 2008 16:26:55 UTC

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