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Re: text/html for xml extensions of XHTML

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 14:52:57 -0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
To: Robert Miner <RobertM@dessci.com>
cc: <aswartz@swartzfam.com>, <hammond@csc.albany.edu>, <mozilla-mathml@mozilla.org>, <www-talk@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.WNT.4.31.0105031451110.988-100000@HIXIE.netscape.com>
On Thu, 3 May 2001, Robert Miner wrote:
> If not, you need to give me some sign that you actually understand the
> issues at stake.  From what you write, you give the clear impression
> that you don't think either of the following issues are important:
> 1) For some time to come, most web authors will be preparing content
>    that will be read predominantly with older user agents, and
>    therefore need to send documents as text/html.
> 2) For some time to come, many web authors will end up sending XHTML
>    as text/html due to circumstances beyond their control, even if
>    they are willing to send it as text/xml.

I acknowledge those points completely. Neither of these points require any
documents sent as text/html to be handled as text/xml by any browser.

> If you do acknowledge those points, then you don't need me to point
> out why your analogy with PNGs is not very relevant.

My analogy with PNGs is merely to highlight that content type sniffing is
fundamentally flawed.

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