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Re: possible bug in the validator?

From: Thanasis Kinias <tkinias@optimalco.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2002 08:27:31 -0700
To: Lloyd Wood <l.wood@eim.surrey.ac.uk>
Cc: Olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>, Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>, Vojtech Rynda <voitech@seznam.cz>, www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <20020904152731.GA2129@optimalco.com>

scripsit Lloyd Wood:
> 
> On Wed, 4 Sep 2002, Olivier Thereaux wrote:
> 
> > On Wed, Sep 04, 2002, Lloyd Wood wrote:
> > > > Your server is sending the header
> > > > Content-Type: text/html; charset=us-ascii
> > > > which overrides the charset specified within the HTML document.
> > >
> > > Surely the charset in the document should take precedence?
> >
> > No, see http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/charset.html#h-5.2.2
> 
> Thanks.
> 
> I can't decide if that's a very subtle way to get Content-Type used
> properly, or just very very broken.

IMHO it's broken simply because a huge amount of Web content is deployed
by developers/designers who have no control over their servers.  I may
develop a Japanese-language Web site hosted in the U.S., where the Web
server wants to call everything Latin-1 -- so I would use a <meta> to
tell clients I'm using UTF-8.  Unless I have the financial resources to
set up a colo which is mine to play with, I have to live with imperfect
server configuration.  It's a fact of life for most private-citizen
sites.

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