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Re: Revisiting Authoritative Metadata

From: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:08:44 +0100
Message-ID: <512B9A9C.2070705@w3.org>
To: John Kemp <john@jkemp.net>
CC: "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 25/02/2013 17:40 , John Kemp wrote:
> The reason that text/plain vs. text/html comes up so often is that it is
> a very clear description of one problem with sniffing - that the author
> intended the representation to be displayed as text without HTML
> interpretation.

I'd be less charitable. I think that this example keeps coming up 
because proponents of authoritative metadata cannot think of any other 
example :)

I'd be interested in being proven wrong though!

> Although I agree that metadata sent from the server is less
> authoritative than one would hope, I do not agree that a user-agent can
> even accurately represent the wishes of the user in this case, let alone
> comply with them.

Well, there's <plaintext> for that if you're sure that that's what you 
want. For all the other cases it would seem that View Source can work.

Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon
Received on Monday, 25 February 2013 17:08:59 UTC

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