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RE: Proposal for an HTTP ERR method

From: Alex Rousskov <rousskov@measurement-factory.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 10:32:04 -0600 (MDT)
To: Dare Obasanjo <dareo@microsoft.com>
Cc: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>, ietf-http-wg@w3.org, Atom Syntax <atom-syntax@imc.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.4.58.0406251031020.90165@measurement-factory.com>

On Thu, 24 Jun 2004, Dare Obasanjo wrote:

> How does recommending a file extension actually solve the problem?

I think Jamie Lokier already explained that. A different extension
prevents origin servers from specifying misleading MIME type or, more
precisely, a MIME type with possibly incorrect (default) charset. See
the elements in the problem "chain" in my original e-mail.

Also, please note that I did not claim that something can solve the

> Specifically how does it solve the problem any better than just
> recommending a MIME type?

You will need to define your criteria of goodness for me to answer
this question. One difference between extension-based and
MIME-recommendation-based approach is that extension-based approach
works with existing origin servers. Another difference is that it does
not violate existing RFCs.


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