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Re: Determination of Encoding (Re: Invasion of the pseudo-people ...)

From: Gavin Nicol <gtn@eps.inso.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 1997 08:18:46 -0400
Message-Id: <199706161218.IAA27583@nathaniel.eps.inso.com>
To: ricko@allette.com.au
CC: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
>> Internet experts at Keio University (W3C host) and SGML experts 
>> in Japan have discussed the encoding detection issue.  Here is 
>> my (personal) summary of our agreement.
>Looks good.  Simple.  Checking heuristics and prefering MIME to PIs 
>in case of disagreement become (formally)  implementors' and applications'
>error handling strategies, and outside the realm of valid XML.

The proposal mentioned nothing at all about error recovery. 
>> Other information or huristics such as "Metadata provided 
>> by the native OS file system or by document management 
>> software" (4.3.3, Part 1) should not be used.   
>If you say MIME and PI must agree, else it indicates a system error,
>then surely you should also require  MIME and OS metadata must

Not necessarily. The file could be transcoded before being transmitted
(quite common in DynaWeb, for example).
Received on Monday, 16 June 1997 08:19:29 UTC

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