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Re: Microsoft's "I mean it" content-type parameter

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Thu, 03 Jul 2008 15:43:02 +0200
Message-ID: <486CD766.40104@gmx.de>
To: Jamie Lokier <jamie@shareable.org>
CC: "William A. Rowe, Jr." <wrowe@rowe-clan.net>, Robert Collins <robertc@robertcollins.net>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>

Jamie Lokier wrote:
> Julian Reschke wrote:
>> Many more clients to content sniffing, and the HTML5 draft suggests it's 
>>  the right thing to do...
> 
> So this whole question can be rephrased thus:
> 
>    Are there significant numbers of servers out there which are
>    serving content intended to be rendered as HTML (or other) with
>    Content-Type: text/plain?

I fear so, because of Apache httpd's support for defaulting the content 
type (and the default being text/plain).

See <https://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=13986>.

> ...
> Also, it might it be invoked by servers which report *no* Content-Type?
> ...

Well, that's totally ok. Servers that do not know the Content-Type of a 
resource should not guess, which in turn allows the recipient to sniff.

> ...

BR, Julian
Received on Thursday, 3 July 2008 13:43:50 GMT

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