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Re: KD016 Orthogonal specifications

From: Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 15:45:37 -0400
To: public-webarch-comments@w3.org
Cc: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Message-id: <87lle7ahpa.fsf@nwalsh.com>
/ Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com> was heard to say:
| * KD 016
| 5.1. Orthogonal Specifications
| """the software developer community would benefit from being able to  
| find all HTTP headers from the HTTP specification (including any  
| associated extension registries and specification updates per IETF  
| process). Perhaps as a result, this feature of the HTML specification  
| is not widely deployed. """
| Not true. Use case. I'm a technical writer, I'm explaining how to  
| create an HTML file, foo.html, I give a link to the html representation  
| of foo.html and therefore served as text/html. Now I want to explain  
| the source code, and I would like to use the benefits of the object  
| element to display the source code of the same file. So I set in my  
| object element the text/plain mime type.
| Though because of precedences rules of HTTP over HTML, the only way to  
| do is to not specify on the server side the mime type but only in the  
| meta of the HTML file. So that once it can be displayed as an HTML file  
| or it can be displayed as a text file.

I don't find your use case compelling. It sounds like you're having trouble
configuring your server to provide options for text/html or text/plain.

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Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com> | Everything should be made as simple as
http://nwalsh.com/            | possible, but no simpler.

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