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Erratum to HTML4: default for accept-charset

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 02 Mar 2003 09:14:51 -0500
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To: www-html-editor@w3.org


I herewith propose a correction to the HTML4 specification.

At http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/interact/forms.html#adef-accept-charset,
it says:

accept-charset = charset list [CI]
     This attribute specifies the list of character encodings for input data
     that is accepted by the server processing this form. The value is a
     space- and/or comma-delimited list of charset values. The client must
     interpret this list as an exclusive-or list, i.e., the server is able
     to accept any single character encoding per entity received.

     The default value for this attribute is the reserved string "UNKNOWN".
     User agents may interpret this value as the character encoding that was
     used to transmit the document containing this FORM element.

   I propose to change the 'User agents may' to 'User agents should'.
   User agents currently actually *do* honor this default (even if they
   don't implement the rest of 'accept-charset', and it is confusing
   for people reading the spec to find a 'may' here.

Regards,    Martin.
Received on Sunday, 2 March 2003 11:39:40 UTC

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