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[Bug 5773] Authors need more control over handling of linked resources

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Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 06:39:20 +0000
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--- Comment #5 from Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>  2008-06-20 06:39:20 ---
(In reply to comment #4)
> You can already do that:
>    <a href="resource">Resource</a>
> The user can decide whether to download it, open it, open it in a new tab, or
> whatever. Why isn't that enough?

1) Web site developers frequently do not want to rely on the ability of users
to understand their browser's context menu.

2) Content-Disposition allows to specify a filename that is != the last path
segment. This can help when the "original" URL space does not have "good"
names, and also it can help with I18N.

That being said, the I18N problem for C-D needs to be worked on in some way;
spec-wise, there's little left to do except a clarification that yes, you need
to support a subset of RFC 2231. The biggest roadblock are two browsers not
doing it, and I think it would be good if either the WHATWG or HTML 5 told them
what they need to do.

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