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Re: Questions about draft-abarth-mime-sniff-00

From: Adam Barth <w3c@adambarth.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 00:23:25 -0700
Message-ID: <7789133a0904070023rdd437d3v9397c01b37cccc4e@mail.gmail.com>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: Lisa Dusseault <lisa.dusseault@messagingarchitects.com>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 12:02 AM, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de> wrote:
>> As far as I know, none of the major implementations of content
>> sniffing provide user overrides.  This is in contrast to charset
>> detection, where most major implementations let the user override.  (I
>> believe this is because charsets are a huge mess in Asia.)  I think it
>> makes sense to discuss this in the draft.  I'll add it to the next
>> version.
>> ...
>
> I think that is incorrect; it even has been discussed over here in this very
> context:
>
> <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/ietf-http-wg/2008JanMar/0173.html>
>
> and
>
> <http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/02/01/364581.aspx#364853>

Honestly?  Undocumented, numerical registry keys are hardly a user
interface.  By contrast, I can override the charset encoding in Safari
(which is the browser I happen to have in front of me) by selecting
"Text Encoding" from the View menu.

Adam
Received on Tuesday, 7 April 2009 07:24:16 GMT

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