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Re: Document sniffing for type information

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2002 20:56:35 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200212032056.gB3KuZ900922@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> should be there to treat the document as its server intended. There is a real
> world problem that people don't know how to configure their servers. We

or aren't allowed to (for people using cheap hosted space).

> should solve that with better servers and not by dumbing down the entire
> system (which only has a tiny bit of smarts in it anyway, so it really
> suffers from being dumed down).

I think the problem is that people like Microsoft look at who gets the blame
and who bears the support cost.  If the browser successfully handles the
common mistakes, they don't get blamed and don't get support calls.  People
making more sophisticated use generally are competent enough to work out
what the browser did and work round it without calling for support.
Received on Wednesday, 4 December 2002 01:39:38 UTC

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