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Re: Web services and application/xhtml+xml

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 13:27:48 -0000
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"Karl Dubost" <karl@w3.org>
> So recently, I decided to switch a Web site to serve the pages with the 
> mime-type "application/xhtml+xml".
> * Some versions of IE Windows failed completely to render the page, some 
> others only the text without images and CSS, which is fine by me. I made 
> it on purpose because Firefox, Opera, Safari can handle this mime-type at 
> least.

All versions of IE, bar those specifically hacked to render XHTML (which was 
possible until 6, now you can only get text without images and CSS) IE does 
not understand that mime-type, and it's certainly not being liberal in what 
you send to send something that IE makes no claims to support (other than as 
*/*) I also think it's specifically wrong to favour a mime-type that is only 
2 years old, when most browsers were released longer than 2 years ago.

So I can't support your decision on pragmatic grounds, so I really think 
you're expecting too much from these services.  For deploying new mime-types 
you can use content-negotiation, do that, and you get what you want, it may 
be more complicated for you, but that's reasonable, it's you not your users 
that have chosen to be modern.

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