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content type configuration prototype, usability testing? [was: review ... by IETF/HTTP community]

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 12:51:10 -0500
To: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Cc: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>, "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1187632270.29837.848.camel@pav>

On Mon, 2007-08-20 at 16:55 +0100, James Graham wrote:
> 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.

OK... so... we have a list of people who indicated interest
in "web browser maintenance (esp. fixing bugs around spec compliance)".

Perhaps one of them would like to build a prototype for Julian and
others to try out?

"web browser maintenance (esp. fixing bugs around spec compliance) 
Jonas Sicking 
Chris Veenboer 
David Baron 
John-Mark Bell 
Maciej Stachowiak 
Matthew Raymond 
Szymon Pilkowski 
Gregory Rosmaita 
David Hyatt 
Roman Kitainik 
Andrei Polushin 
Adam Roben "

> 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.

Indeed, usability is always a concern. Our list of usability testing
volunteers is even longer; perhaps one of them would like to take
on the task of evaluating a prototype?

"usability testing 
     1. Chasen Le Hara 
     2. Dylan Smith 
     3. Debi Orton 
     4. David Dailey 
     5. Henrik Dvergsdal 
     6. Alejandro Fernandez 
     7. David McClure 
     8. Tim McMahon 
     9. M. Jackson Wilkinson 
    10. Andrew Neitsch 
    11. Henrik Lied 
    12. Dominik Tomaszuk 
    13. Gregory Rosmaita 
    14. Isac Lagerblad 
    15. Patrick Taylor 
    16. Roman Kitainik 
    17. Addam Wassel 
    18. James VanDyke 
    19. Michael Turnwall 
    20. Marco Battilana 
    21. Andrew Smith 
    22. Jens Meiert 
    23. Maksym Saveliev 
    24. Ariel PĂ©rez 
    25. Joshue O Connor 
    26. Mark Martin 
    27. John Bradley 
    28. Denis Boudreau 
    29. Balakumar Muthu 
    30. Jason White 
    31. Kai Hendry 
" -- ibid

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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