Re: LINK TYPE=override/type

Neil St.Laurent (neil@bigpic.com)
Fri, 23 Jan 1998 09:57:47 -0600


Message-Id: <199801231650.JAA00149@underworld.bigpic.com>
From: "Neil St.Laurent" <neil@bigpic.com>
To: "Rob" <wlkngowl@unix.asb.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 09:57:47 -0600
CC: www-html@w3.org, neil@bigpic.com
Subject: Re: LINK TYPE=override/type

> permissions. (Interesting idea: HTTP servers that periodically check
> with a trusted source on the network to update MIME configurations, or
> at least notify administrators of an update, assuming the central 
> source updates their information in a timely and accurate manner....)

This won't work because some systems don't have such things as file 
extensions, or mappins, they simply store the content type along with 
their filename (such as a Mac system).
 
> heuristics (especially vender-specific) will not lead to consistent 
> handling, moreso with new document types. No algorithm will be 100% 
> effective either (a Turing-limitation), so it's best (simpler)  to allow 
> the author to override the server using the TYPE attribute..
 
I can easily run heuristics on all support types and get the correct 
document type, however this would be a very slow process and in 
certain cases types may overlap in their acceptance and have the 
wrong document.
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