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Re: several messages about content sniffing in HTML

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2008 07:17:43 +0000 (UTC)
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: Geoffrey Sneddon <foolistbar@googlemail.com>, James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0803010715150.6407@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Sat, 1 Mar 2008, Julian Reschke wrote:
> Ian Hickson wrote:
> > ... It's only necessary because the HTTP working group refuses to act 
> > in a responsible manner and actually specify how to write an 
> > interoperable user agent that is both compatible with the Web and 
> > handles invalid content. If HTTP defined how to do this, we wouldn't 
> > be stuck with defining it ourselves. ...
> It would be interesting to know how many pages actually have that 
> problem; chat on IRC indicates it is below 1/1000.
> It seems to me you're doing overspecification for edge cases here.

We want full specification of all edge cases, yes. That's what any 
complete specification consists of -- a full specification of all cases, 
edge case or not.

The Web has suffered enough at the hand of incomplete specifications, we 
have to learn from our past mistakes.

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