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

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Tue, 07 Apr 2009 09:57:58 +0200
Message-ID: <49DB0786.3000106@gmx.de>
To: Adam Barth <w3c@adambarth.com>
CC: Lisa Dusseault <lisa.dusseault@messagingarchitects.com>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Adam Barth wrote:
> 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.

It is badly documented, yes. But it is a user override.

BR, Julian
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