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

From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 16:55:57 +0100
Message-ID: <46C9B98D.2040807@cam.ac.uk>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
CC: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>, "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>

Julian Reschke wrote:
> It would be really nice if there'd be a simple way *for us* to get a 
> feeling how big of a problem this is in practice. So I'd really like to 
> have a browser that allows me to opt-out of sniffing, or that minimally 
> informs me about these kinds of problems.

It seems like this wouldn't be too hard to gauge by implementing the algorithm 
as specced as spidering the web for documents labeled as text/plain and looking 
for the fraction that are not sniffed as text/plain by the algorithm.

In general I would not expect any mainstream browser to expose an option to turn 
off content sniffing in the UI since it would not be understood by the vast 
majority of users.

"Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end?"
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Received on Monday, 20 August 2007 15:56:12 UTC

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