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Re: Proposed TAG Finding: Internet Media Type registration, consistency of use

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 20:40:37 -0700
Message-ID: <3CEB1335.3000802@textuality.com>
To: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Cc: "Ian B. Jacobs" <ij@w3.org>, www-tag@w3.org
Mark Baker wrote:

> "It is a serious error for the response body to be inconsistent with
> the assertions made about it by the MIME headers. Web software SHOULD
> NOT attempt to recover from such errors by guessing, but SHOULD report
> the error to the user to allow intelligent corrective action."
> 
> While this might be technically correct, it is missing a very important
> piece of information; that the media type may be guessed only in a very
> specific case.  IMO, RFC 2616 section 7.2.1 does a better job at
> explaining the situation;
> 
> "If and only if the media type is not given by a Content-Type field, the
> recipient MAY attempt to guess the media type via inspection of its
> content [...]"

The draft text above is correct as it stands - if there's no media type 
provided, the error case we're discussing can't occur.  You're arguing 
that it would be worth saying that it's OK to guess in the case where 
there's no media-type header?  Not sure that's worth the trouble of 
asserting, but if people really want to... -Tim
Received on Tuesday, 21 May 2002 23:40:39 UTC

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