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

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 16:02:16 -0700
Cc: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <D6C799E5-D521-4943-98DB-91E79DF0B9B2@apple.com>
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>

On Aug 21, 2007, at 3:38 PM, Roy T. Fielding wrote:

> On Aug 21, 2007, at 2:32 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:
>> Note that HTML5 goes out of its way to try to improve the  
>> situation, by
>> limiting the sniffing to very specific cases that browsers are being
>> forced into handling by market pressures. So HTML5, as written today,
>> stands to actually improve matters on the long term.
> HTML is a mark-up language -- it isn't even involved at that level
> of the architecture.  Why should I (as an implementer) have to wade
> through several pages of intense workarounds if all I am interested
> in implementing is a compliant HTML editor?  Orthogonal standards
> deserve orthogonal specs.

The sniffing behavior in HTML5 is not orthogonal to the rest of the  
spec. It depends on the loading context. <iframe src="gif-sent-with- 
text-plain-type.txt"> will have different results than <img src="gif- 
sent-with-text-plain-type.txt">. This is necessary both for  
compatibility and to minimize the scope of the content sniffing.

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