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Re: Revisiting Authoritative Metadata (was: The failure of Appendix C as a transition technique)

From: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:52:12 +0100
Message-ID: <51273FCC.3070204@w3.org>
To: "Martin J. Dürst" <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>
CC: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, "www-tag@w3.org List" <www-tag@w3.org>
On 22/02/2013 10:42 , "Martin J. Dürst" wrote:
> If you/we were able to redesign the Web (or let's go a bit further and
> say "all of computer infrastructure"), then how would you get a browser
> to display any format with such a magic number,... as plain text? Many
> formats, HTML and XHTML included, are at the same time plain text.

In addition to Anne's explanation, I'll point out that this ability to 
treat a format as if it were another is more easily a security risk than 
a feature. If you can get a format interpreted one way with the media 
type and then another when reloaded from disk you can get past some checks.

> But maybe you have a better idea?

<plaintext> works great.

Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon
Received on Friday, 22 February 2013 09:52:23 UTC

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