[Bug 16302] New: possible unnecessary insertion of U+0020 SPACE in mime type expression


           Summary: possible unnecessary insertion of U+0020 SPACE in mime
                    type expression
           Product: WebAppsWG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
               URL: http://dvcs.w3.org/hg/xhr/raw-file/8d4e9ccfdbd4/Overvi
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: XHR
        AssignedTo: annevk@opera.com
        ReportedBy: glenn@skynav.com
         QAContact: public-webapps-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-webapps@w3.org

In section 4.7.6, step 3, under "If data is a FormData", the text specifies:

"Let mime type be the concatenation of "multipart/form-data;", a U+0020 SPACE
character, "boundary=", and ..."

The text ", a U+0020 SPACE character" is unnecessary and undesirable,  unless
it is here for some unstated compatibility reason.

HTML5 references HTTP (RFC2616) for the definition of a MIME type, which
defines it as follows:

media-type     = type "/" subtype *( ";" parameter )
parameter       = attribute "=" value
attribute          = token
value               = token | quoted-string

and which does not show the insertion of SPACE after ";"

However, I would note that the examples of multipart/form-data in RFC2046 (HTTP
1.0) 5.1.1 [1] and HTML4 [2] do show SPACE after ";". So there may be a hidden
compatibility argument operating here. If that is the case, then please add a
note explaining it with an informative reference to another document
justifying/defining this usage.

[1] http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2616#section-3.7
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/interact/forms.html#h-

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Received on Saturday, 10 March 2012 04:41:19 UTC