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Re: Why Microsoft's authoritative=true won't work and is a bad idea

From: Dave Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 18:37:59 +0200
Message-Id: <p06240806c497f6b034d4@[]>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>

At 18:27  +0200 7/07/08, Julian Reschke wrote:
>Dave Singer wrote:
>>At 17:46  +0200 7/07/08, Julian Reschke wrote:
>>>>An alternative might be to add a header "look, I guessed it" when 
>>>>Apache adds a 'guessed' text/plain as the content-type, and say 
>>>>that browsers might take text/plain+IGuessed as something to 
>>>>sniff. This is like the proposed Microsoft header but the other 
>>>>way up...
>>>I agree that's nicer in theory. But how do we get all the existing 
>>>installations to change their DefaultType?
>>Well, someone has already said that the IE upgrade rate is less 
>>than 50%.  There are a lot more clients (browsers) than servers out 
>>there, and system admins tend to be better at upgrading than users 
>>(because they get security fixes along with bug fixes).  So fixing 
>>the server end of the equation with an extra "look, I guessed, I 
>>might be wrong" might get us closer to a better position faster 
>>than fixing the browser end.
>But if we can get server admins to change their default to 
>"text/plain; butIguessed", we probably can also get them not to send 
>a default, right? (*)

But adding a new piece of information (probably) breaks no-one, 
whereas leaving out content-type seems much more dangerous...

David Singer
Received on Monday, 7 July 2008 16:39:21 UTC

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