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Re: http content type authoritative for object data?

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 08:12:38 -0600
Message-ID: <dd0fbad0912100612m74b59297wde85f49492892a0b@mail.gmail.com>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
On Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 4:51 AM, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de> wrote:
> So if what the spec requires isn't your top consideration you probably
> shouldn't care whether it requires or just allows ignoring the HTTP
> content-type.

Please don't be ridiculous.  The meaning of that statement is that the
spec is less important than reality when making decisions.  That
doesn't imply that he or any other browser developer 'doesn't care'
what the spec says.  It's quite the opposite in fact; it's in
everyone's best interests that the spec declare something that matches
reality, so that corner cases aren't different between impls and they
don't have to waste QA time and money on checking if the way other
browsers do things is better.

The willingness to ignore the spec when it's incorrect is not a
statement that the spec is worthless, as long as the spec is willing
to update itself.

Received on Thursday, 10 December 2009 14:13:37 UTC

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