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Re: Header encoding (per RFC2231), was: Last Call: draft-nottingham-http-link-header (Web Linking) to Proposed Standard

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 21:20:44 +1000
Cc: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-Id: <EAE13F74-EB7B-4F79-9365-0838ED423BA1@mnot.net>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>

I'm more than happy to respond to a substantive technical issue that  
you bring up, but expressing concern without conveying details isn't  
helping me do that.

Can you be more explicit? What problems do you foresee?


On 30/09/2009, at 9:22 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:

> On Wed, 30 Sep 2009, Julian Reschke wrote:
>> Ian Hickson wrote:
>>> On Wed, 30 Sep 2009, Julian Reschke wrote:
>>>> Ian Hickson wrote:
>>>>>>> Seems reasonable, though I am still skeptical as to the use of
>>>>>>> the title* feature in practice. It seems better to me to just
>>>>>>> have one title attribute, in one language, and to upgrade HTTP
>>>>>>> to support UTF-8 in headers.
>>>>>> That's already been discussed extensively, and that's not the
>>>>>> direction things are going in (certainly for pre-existing
>>>>>> headers like Link).
>>>>> Fair enough. Is there a test suite I can look at or some
>>>>> implementations of this feature so I can see how it works in
>>>>> practice?
>>>> I have tests that check support for RFC2231-style encoding for the
>>>> filename parameter in the Content-Disposition header, see
>>>> <http://greenbytes.de/tech/tc2231/>.
>>>> As far as I can tell, the subset used in Mark's draft is supported
>>>> (and has been for many years) by Firefox and Opera.
>>> It's not the encoding I'm concerned about; it's the UI.
>> What does the UI have to do with the character encoding used in HTTP?
> Nothing. It's the multi-language aspect of the feature I'm concerned
> about.
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