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re: Determination of Encoding

From: Gavin Nicol <gtn@eps.inso.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 1997 16:36:35 -0400
Message-Id: <199706192036.QAA29886@nathaniel.eps.inso.com>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
>Consider a proxy server that performs code conversion without rewritting 
>the PI.  Consider a WWW browser or robot that does not understand XML.  
>Such browsers or robots certainly exist now and will not disappear in 
>the near future.  If they save a transfered XML document in a file, 
>the header information will disappear and the PI will remain incorrect.  
>Then, an XML parser is likely to fail.

Precisely why I way that we must rely on HTTP header. I'm starting to
think that Rick's proposal of requiring servers to remove the PI
is a good idea.

I have argued for treating the PI as a header a number of times, or
using an alternate header syntax. If we formalise it's role as a header,
then it should be possible to strip it without altering checksums of
documents etc. but unfortunately, it also include RMD and VERSION...
Received on Thursday, 19 June 1997 16:37:17 EDT

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