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[Bug 7697] The type attribute should ammend the Accept header accordingly. HTTP spec is in accordance with the rules here, in terms of the Accept header being non-authorative. script and style elements already ammend accept header (in firefox) but not for other link

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Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 08:56:56 +0000
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--- Comment #4 from Mike Kelly <mike@mykanjo.co.uk>  2009-09-23 08:56:56 ---
(In reply to comment #3)
> HTTP is written with the assumption that client headers are set by the client,
> not set by an agent of the server (such as the Web content).
> If you disagree with this interpretation of the HTTP spec, then please escalate
> this to the chairs.

In this proposal there would be nothing which prevents a client completely
ignoring the guidance of the type attribute - it should be best practice to
follow the type attribute this way, but not mandatory.

Also if the UA does not support the media type(s) specified for the link, it
can opt to not make the request or make it and revert to its default Accept

Either way - it is the client which is ultimately controlling the header.

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