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Re: Unknown content types

From: Ian B. Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: 14 Jul 2003 11:33:29 -0700
To: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Cc: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>, WWW-Tag <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1058207608.903.116.camel@seabright>

On Wed, 2003-07-09 at 13:23, Tim Bray wrote:
> Julian Reschke wrote:
> 
> 
> > 1) If a sender (mail agent, HTTP server, ....) doesn't know the MIME type,
> > specify "application/octet-stream" (note that RFC2616, section 7.2.1 [1]
> > says "...SHOULD include a Content-Type header..."). In turn, allow
> > recipients to override the supplied MIME type if and only if it equals
> > "application/octet-stream" and to guess (for instance by peeking into the
> > content).
> > 
> > or
> > 
> > 2) If a sender (mail agent) / server (HTTP server) doesn't know the MIME
> > type, DO NOT SEND IT. This allows the recipient to guess and/or consult the
> > user.
> > 
> > (my personal preference would be alternative 2 because it doesn't require to
> > special-case one particular MIME type).

Would there be any advantages to sending something like
'application/unknown' as a positive assertion?

 - Ian

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