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Re: Separation of versioning concerns

From: Matthew Ratzloff <matt@builtfromsource.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 12:41:58 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <50500.152.157.114.73.1177530118.squirrel@webmail.builtfromsource.com>
To: public-html@w3.org

On Wed, April 25, 2007 4:45 am, Sam Ruby wrote:
> This group needs a way to say that this
> particular representation of this particular page was produced
> specifically for IE8.0 (or whatever) and may not render as intended by
> browsers that do not implement a rendering mode that is compatible with
> that particular version of that particular browser. [...]
>
> As such, this could be implemented as an HTTP header; perhaps with a
> fall-back syntax employing the existing HTML <meta> tag.

This is essentially a reformulated "bugmode" proposal, which I strongly
favor.  The HTTP header/<meta> tag combination is also in line with what I
have been considering lately.

As such, if your website renders poorly in IE 9.0, you can simply modify
the server configuration to pass:

    Content-Rendering: IE 8.0

Or, in <meta> tag form:

    <meta http-equiv="Content-Rendering" contents="IE 8.0" />

And if you depend heavily on bugs from more than one browser:

    <meta http-equiv="Content-Rendering" contents="IE 8.0; BrowserX 3.0" />

Alternative names for this HTTP Header:

* Bug-Compatibility
* Bug-Mode
* Bug-Rendering
* Html-Rendering
* Render-Mode
* Render-Like
* Render-As
* Compatible-With [1]

[1] I'm not fond of "Compatible-With". It implies that you should add as
many browsers to the list as possible.

Thoughts?

-Matt
Received on Wednesday, 25 April 2007 19:42:03 UTC

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