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Re: Revisiting Authoritative Metadata

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:45:13 +0000
Message-ID: <CADnb78i+j2TU2LnUNKrNYKLO8F2KeONyBx1QvE6HR_GxuXE1qA@mail.gmail.com>
To: John Kemp <john@jkemp.net>
Cc: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>, "Eric J. Bowman" <eric@bisonsystems.net>, Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, "www-tag@w3.org List" <www-tag@w3.org>
On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM, John Kemp <john@jkemp.net> wrote:
> The least-specific MIME type I know of is application/octet-stream. Is that
> sufficient for "I don't know"? Why don't more servers (already) implement
> this as default behaviour?

Well you know, software is hard. Let's go shopping!


Apart from that PHP defaults to text/html and I'm sure there's a whole
lot more weirdness out there. Decoupling content and type of content
was just a bad idea and people get it wrong all the time. And whenever
something new comes along (e.g. application caches) having to
configure the server properly is one of the most oft-cited complaints
(so we started using the file signature which we added with some
foresight instead).

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