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

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--- Comment #29 from Rob Burns <rob@robburns.com>  2008-06-23 16:12:50 ---
(In reply to comment #28)
> As far as I can tell, the only mechanism that is currently available is
> Content-Disposition; and there is no workaround for the I18N interop problem.

The other work around often used by authors is to incorrectly describe the
user’s environment to them such as: “hold down the whatzit key and click on
this link to download the file”. Obviously this provides users with a clear
understanding of what will happen, but it doesn't really speak to all users. A
better approach is to provide an HTML solution that doesn't rely on author
access to the resource’s server where content-disposition headers might change.
That way the author can provide something like:

<a href='video.ogg' >View this video in this window</a> or <a href='video.ogg'
target='_download' filename='afilename' >download it </a> for later.

(In reply to comment #27)
> The only available information for the filename would be the URI. That isn't
> sufficient in all cases, as:
> - the URI namespace may not be defined in a way that allows exposing the
> filename (such as, when using numeric identifiers),
> - there's no reliable way to map non-ASCII characters (we can't rely on
> non-ASCII characters to be encoded in UTF-8)

OK, that makes sense. I didn't think about that. However, two questions?

1. is there interoperability problems for UTF-8 percent encoded URL]s as
recommended here: http://www.w3.org/International/O-URL-code.html
2. is anything being done in the http wg to get http headers updated to unicode
transform or utf-8 specifically?

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