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Re: NEW ISSUE: content sniffing

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 15:51:52 -0400
Message-ID: <e9dffd640903311251l62f1d50bv519bec756f3ab3f9@mail.gmail.com>
To: Adam Barth <w3c@adambarth.com>
Cc: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 3:37 PM, Adam Barth <w3c@adambarth.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 7:13 AM, Mark Baker <mark@coactus.com> wrote:
>> Obviously that kind of sniffing is widespread amoungst one class of
>> agent, and I'm all for documenting how it works, but IMO that has no
>> place in the protocol specification, save perhaps for an informative
>> note that it happens and a pointer to the algorithm.
>
> When different user agents use different sniffing algorithms, content
> authors pay a large cost, both in terms of compatibility and in terms
> of security.  For user agents that wish to perform sniffing, I think
> we'd be doing the Web a service by specifying which algorithm they
> should use.

I agree, which is why I suggested a link from 2616bis to the
algorithm.  Do you feel that to be insufficient?  If so, why?

Mark.
Received on Tuesday, 31 March 2009 19:52:53 GMT

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