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Re: Determination of Encoding (Re: Invasion of the pseudo-people ...)

From: Gavin Nicol <gtn@eps.inso.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 1997 08:18:46 -0400
Message-Id: <199706161218.IAA27583@nathaniel.eps.inso.com>
To: ricko@allette.com.au
CC: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
>> Internet experts at Keio University (W3C host) and SGML experts 
>> in Japan have discussed the encoding detection issue.  Here is 
>> my (personal) summary of our agreement.
>
>Looks good.  Simple.  Checking heuristics and prefering MIME to PIs 
>in case of disagreement become (formally)  implementors' and applications'
>error handling strategies, and outside the realm of valid XML.

The proposal mentioned nothing at all about error recovery. 
 
>> Other information or huristics such as "Metadata provided 
>> by the native OS file system or by document management 
>> software" (4.3.3, Part 1) should not be used.   
>
>If you say MIME and PI must agree, else it indicates a system error,
>then surely you should also require  MIME and OS metadata must
>agree?

Not necessarily. The file could be transcoded before being transmitted
(quite common in DynaWeb, for example).
Received on Monday, 16 June 1997 08:19:29 EDT

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