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

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 16:40:25 +0200
Message-ID: <46C9A7D9.9020405@gmx.de>
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
CC: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>, "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>

Dan Connolly wrote:
> Indeed, early review feedback[Fielding07] suggests I
> should cite/excerpt more of the background that I had in mind
> before sending this out for wider review.
> ...

I think it's clear that this is a point where theory and current 
practice do not match. Also, the situation might be much better if at 
least some of the browsers would allow the user to opt-out of content 
sniffing, as RoyF suggested multiple times.

Documenting what User Agents do today with respect to sniffing is 
certainly a good idea. What's not clear to me is why this needs to be 
part of the HTML5 activity. If the browser vendors want a common spec 
summarizing what their products need to do today, fine. But why does 
this have to be part of HTML5?

Best regards, Julian
Received on Monday, 20 August 2007 14:40:51 UTC

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