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[Bug 11482] WF2: Change accept="" to accept file extensions as well as MIME types (maybe based on whether they start with a period)

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--- Comment #14 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> 2011-11-11 23:08:19 UTC ---
File extensions aren't any more exact than MIME types, IMHO. What's the format
of a .doc file? There's dozens of software packages that use that extension.
Even Word uses that same extension for multiple different formats.

But I've never objected to this proposal per se; the reason this bug is not yet
fixed is described in comment 5 and comment 6. The feature hasn't been widely
implemented in the first place, it doesn't make sense to extend it already,
when it's not clear it's even a valid feature (we don't have significant
implementation experience with the MIME type version of this). CSV files are in
fact a good example, regardless of whether the author uses text/csv or .csv: if
a user goes to a Web site and downloads a CSV file, it has as good a chance of
having the .txt or even .html extension, or indeed .php or .cgi, as it does
.csv. Why would it help the user to set a type or an extension?

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