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p:http-request - base64 encoded response c:body

From: <Toman_Vojtech@emc.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2008 06:19:32 -0500
Message-ID: <6E216CCE0679B5489A61125D0EFEC7870D56D192@CORPUSMX10A.corp.emc.com>
To: <public-xml-processing-model-comments@w3.org>

Hi all,

In Section (c:body) we say:

"The encoding attribute controls the decoding of the element content for
formulating the body. A value of base64 indicates the element's content
is a base64 encoded string whose byte stream should be sent as the
message body. An implementation may support other encodings other that
base64 but these encodings and their names are implementation-defined."

And in (Converting Response Entity Bodies) we say:

"For all other media types, the response is encoded as base64 (unless it
is encoded already) and then produced as text children of the c:body

My question is: When creating response c:body elements that contain
base64 encoded content, should/must the processor always set the
"encoding" attribute to "base64", or is this optional since the media
type tells us enough as to what type of data c:body contains.

I would say that if the response c:body is base64 encoded, the
"encoding" attribute must always be set, otherwise the user of
p:http-request has to write some extra logic (using the content-type of
the c:body he gets) to detect whether to decode the data or not.

Received on Thursday, 6 November 2008 11:21:01 UTC

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