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Re: Re: please reivew mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2007 09:24:23 +0200
To: mike@w3.org
Cc: public-bpwg-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.tzl1ixrl64w2qv@annevk-t60.oslo.opera.com>

(removing public-html from the cc list)

On Wed, 03 Oct 2007 05:13:02 +0200, <mike@w3.org> wrote:
> We don't agree that the HTTP RFC requires this interpretation. We believe
> that if a user agent includes an accept header that specifies text/css in
> a request, that is an indication not that text/css is an acceptable
> response for an image but that it can process text/css in some
> circumstances. In general the User Agent does not know what type of
> resource to anticipate when it makes a request. It is a special case when
> it does, as a result in this case of making a retrieval linked to a
> specific element in a resource already retrieved.

Has the Working Group studied HTTP content negotiation before making this  
claim? Say I got a file index.css and a file index.htm and Apache  
MultiViews is enabled. If the user agent does a request _all_ the time to  
/index with

   Accept: text/html, text/css

index.htm will _always_ be returned. Even for <link href="/index"  
rel="stylesheet">. That seems wrong.

> Your comment on 2.3.2 HTTP Request:
>> On another point, Content-Type of the response for both image and style
>> sheet requests is simply ignored. The image type is determined through
>> sniffing and in case of a linked style sheet it is simply parsed as
>> CSS. This is more or less required for user agents if they want to  
>> support
>> web pages out there.
> Working Group Resolution:
> We accept that real browsers have to adopt many heuristics and take a
> pragmatic approach. The intention of mobileOK Basic is to point out to
> content providers that mislabeling the content is an error. We certainly
> do not endorse the mislabeling.

Fair enough.

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Wednesday, 3 October 2007 07:25:04 UTC

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