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[html-tech-char] text/html without XML Declaration

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 06:36:06 +0200
To: www-i18n-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <41bcb599.1991297153@smtp.bjoern.hoehrmann.de>

Hi,

  http://www.w3.org/TR/i18n-html-tech-char/#ri20030509.100837166 in the
latest draft states:

[...]
  For XHTML served as text/html, where practical use an XML declaration
  with an encoding attribute.
[...]

This seems a bit inconsistent to me. My reading of the XHTML 1.0 Second
Edition Recommendation is that you either must specify the encoding of
the document in the HTTP header or use both the corrsponding <meta>
element and an encoding declaration in the XML declaration, from
<http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/#C_9>:

[...]
  If this is not possible, a document that wants to set its character
  encoding explicitly must include both the XML declaration an encoding
  declaration and a meta http-equiv statement (e.g., <meta
  http-equiv="Content-type" content="text/html; charset=EUC-JP" />). 
[...]

As it is per RFC 2854 mandatory to follow this requirement in order to
serve the document as text/html, it seems that the discussion around
omitting the XML declaration in the document misses the fact this is
only allowed if the Content-Type header has a corresponding charset
header. So please reflect this in the document.

regards.
Received on Wednesday, 14 July 2004 00:37:00 GMT

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