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Re: Re-registration of text/html

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sun, 21 Feb 2010 09:09:51 +0000 (UTC)
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: HTMLwg <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1002210900570.1729@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Sat, 20 Feb 2010, Julian Reschke wrote:
> HTML5 contains IANA instructions to change the specification for 
> text/html from RFC 2854 to HTML5 
> (<http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#text-html>)
> Thus, if HTML5 forbids something (such as @profile), you can't serve it 
> as text/html anymore, even though you might be using an HTML 4.01 
> doctype. (Well, you *can* serve it as text/html, it "just" wouldn't be 
> correct anymore).
> There are two ways to fix this
> 1) let the MIME registration continue to allow serving HTML 4.01.
> 2) make more of HTML 4.01 valid HTML5.

I would like to make sure we don't do anything radical in our IANA 
registration here, so if there's anything I can do to bring it more in 
line with what RFC 2854 did, I would be happy to do so (except, of course, 
where the new text is an improvement or fixing known bugs). What specific 
text in RFC2854 allows HTML, HTML+, HTML2, and HTML3.2 to be used with 
text/html? I'd be happy to use the same text in our IANA registration (and 
of course adding HTML4).

(I thought I'd asked this before, but I couldn't find an answer in my IMAP 
folders, Bugzilla, or any of the mail archives, so apologies if this is a 
repeat question. Please feel free to just point me to the previous reply 
if there is one.)

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