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Re: Microsoft's "I mean it" content-type parameter

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Wed, 02 Jul 2008 23:31:42 +0200
Message-ID: <486BF3BE.5070506@gmx.de>
To: Robert Collins <robertc@robertcollins.net>
CC: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>

Robert Collins wrote:
> ...
> If they assume that fixing all the bust clients they have been shipping
> for years is infeasible, then I think they would have concluded its the
> right way.
> I think its bogus - it requires every web site author in existence to
> change their site to fix a defect in MSIE. Thats got to be harder to
> deploy than just a hotfix to MSIE to not sniff at all. 'Sorry, bad idea,
> fixed in hotfix #12345.'
> ...

Well, not only MS is guilty of sniffing (although they may have started 
it), and the HTML5 spec has lots of details on how to do it 
(<http://www.w3.org/html/wg/html5/#content-type-sniffing>), although it 
at least allows UAs not to sniff (*).

BR, Julian

(*) Need to check: is this the case throughout the spec, or are there 
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