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Re: Handling of MIME types for markup?

From: Nick Kew <nick@webthing.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 20:50:12 +0100 (BST)
To: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
cc: W3C Validator <www-validator@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.4.21.0104192036140.24100-100000@fenris.webthing.com>
> As a simple fix, I've released lq-nsgmls [1] with Accept: */* in
> place of Accept: text/*.
> [1] http://www.htmlhelp.com/tools/validator/src/lq-sp-

Ouch.  In the absence of further discussion, I had meant to reply
earlier on this.

IIRC, Accept: */* is James Clark's original.  I believe it is wrong

I accept your (and Terje's) view that my fix is also wrong - for the
reasons we have already discussed.  If we use an Accept header, we
need to give further thought to its value.

As a fallback, we should drop it altogether.  In terms of HTTP, this
is clearly correct:
  *  Accept: */* says "we accept absolutely everything" - which we most
     certainly don't.  Accept: */* is appropriate to a browser with a
     default action (eg save to disc or prompt user), but not to SP.
  *  If we drop the Accept: altogether, we are saying instead that we 
     don't support this (optional) aspect of HTTP.  In the absence of
     a complete solution, this is indeed true.

Can I suggest we just drop it?

Nick Kew
Received on Thursday, 19 April 2001 15:50:26 UTC

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