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Re: The error message for uploading a non html document

From: David Dorward <david@dorward.me.uk>
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 13:53:56 +0100
Message-Id: <F200AC14-9849-11D8-928F-000A957E4F00@dorward.me.uk>
To: www-validator list <www-validator@w3.org>

On 27 Apr 2004, at 13:40, Dru Sellers wrote:


paraphrase: "The error message for an unsupported content type is not 
very helpful".

>  <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">

For various reasons, mostly described at 
<http://htmlhelp.com/tools/validator/charset.html>, this isn't a very 
good solution.

I'd suggest something along the lines of:

The provided document was sent with a content-type of text/plain, the 
W3C Markup Validation Service only accepts documents with a 
content-type selected from the following list:

* text/html
* application/xhtml+xml (it doesn't yet IIRC, but I think its on the 
TODO list)
* etc

You can <a>find out more about content-types</a>

with a link to a document that explains:

* What content types are
* Why content types are used
* That they are set in different ways depending on what sends them to 
the validator
   - Quick guide to configuring Apache with link to the Apache 
   - Ditto IIS
   - File Upload with browsers (I don't know how they select content 
types, I guess most of them will use the file extension)
   - Otherwise a suggestion to consult the documentation for the software

David Dorward
Received on Tuesday, 27 April 2004 08:55:50 UTC

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