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Re: review of content type rules by IETF/HTTP community

From: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2007 18:23:39 -0500
Message-Id: <FECBA548-EBC8-4651-AD77-09BB27D25D59@robburns.com>
Cc: "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>


On Aug 17, 2007, at 3:45 PM, Dan Connolly wrote:
> According to a straightforward architecture for content types in the
> Web[META], the HTTP specification should suffice and the HTML 5
> specification need not specify another algorithm. But that  
> architecture
> assumes that Web publishers (server adminstrators and content
> developers) reliably label content. Observing that labelling by Web
> publishers is widely unreliable, and software that works around these
> problems is widespread

BTW, do we have data on this? Do these content-type headers suffer  
from mislabeling on a widespread basis? It seems to me the more we  
give up on this the more we'll lose this feature. We'd have to  
institute a new header, "really-the-content-type", and make that  
authoritative.

Take care,
Rob
Received on Sunday, 19 August 2007 23:23:59 UTC

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