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Re: What to do about file:

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 20:42:51 -0700
To: Paul Hoffman / IMC <phoffman@imc.org>
Cc: Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>, uri@w3.org
Message-id: <03232E0A-F25B-11D8-806F-000A95A51C9E@textuality.com>
On Aug 19, 2004, at 8:23 PM, Paul Hoffman / IMC wrote:

>> It sounds like you think this is hard.
> Correct. I think it will be hard to find consensus as to what the 
> "most common" consumers are, and it will be even harder to know what 
> their processing rules are.

No kidding.  It varies more or less as the number of permutations of 
useragent * platform, with substantial version variation thrown in.  I 
can see the thinking behind this, but an RFC that says, essentially, 
"Internet Explorer on post-4.0 versions on Windows platforms does X, 
while Gecko-based engines on linux platforms do Y, on Windows platforms 
do Z, while the popular LWP perl library does W, java.net.URI does U... 
anyhow, such an RFC would feel profoundly weird to me. -Tim

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