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Re: Accept-Charset support

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 14:41:49 PST
To: Chris.Lilley@sophia.inria.fr
CC: mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch, www-international@w3.org, Alan_Barrett/DUB/Lotus.LOTUSINT@crd.lotus.com, bobj@netscape.com, wjs@netscape.com, Chris.Lilley@sophia.inria.fr, erik@netscape.com, Ed_Batutis/CAM/Lotus@crd.lotus.com
Message-Id: <96Dec5.144149pst."2697"@golden.parc.xerox.com>
# That implies that sending
# 	Accept-Charset: utf-8
# Should generate a 406 response if the document is only available in, say,
# Latin-1 and the server cannot convert that to UTF-8.

I think Latin-1 is a special case. From
draft-ietf-http-v11-spec-07.txt:

# The ISO-8859-1 character set can be assumed to be acceptable to all
# user agents.

I think the simple thing to do is to send:

	accept-charset: utf-8,iso-8859-5

if you're a browser and can display utf-8 and 8859-5 as well as
8859-1.  If you're a search service or willing to load things to local
disk, then you can put a * at the end:

accept-charset: utf-8,iso-8859-5,*

Please don't ask me to read the HTTP/1.1 spec to you, though. I didn't
write it, I was just the committee chair.

If this is really ambiguous and you'd like the HTTP/1.1 spec
clarified, make a specific proposal for what it SHOULD say and send it
to http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com.

Larry
Received on Thursday, 5 December 1996 18:12:49 GMT

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