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Re: Accept-Charset support

From: Drazen Kacar <Drazen.Kacar@public.srce.hr>
Date: Sat, 7 Dec 1996 20:30:57 +0100 (MET)
Message-Id: <199612071930.UAA03170@jagor.srce.hr>
To: masinter@parc.xerox.com (Larry Masinter)
Cc: kweide@tezcat.com, www-international@w3.org
Larry Masinter wrote:
> # If there is a need for a client to express "I can understand UTF-8,
> # but can only display some of the 10646 characters: ..." - and I 
> # definitely think there is such a need - I don not see a way to implement
> # this cleanly.
> 
> I think this kind of communication is along the same lines as: "I can
> implement all of HTML 3.5 tables, except I don't know anything about
> the 'border' parameter".

I don't think it's the same category. If I requested a page which is
available in Japanese only, I'd be much happier with 406 response and
a short message (preferably in one of the languages I put in accept-language)
describing the situation than 200 response with a page in Japanese.

The problem with 406 in this situation is that some charsets are completely
unreadable to a given person and some are not. If I requested something
in Esperanto (iso-8859-3, which I didn't put in accept-charset), I'd
prefere 200 response.

-- 
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Received on Saturday, 7 December 1996 14:31:21 GMT

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