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

From: "Tim Bray" <>
> Anyhow, for the moment I stand by the position that sniffing is always
> without exception bad when you're figuring out how to do top-level
> dispatch.  It opens horrible security holes and when breakage does
> occur, it focuses the blame away from where it belongs, namely people
> who screw up in configuring their webservers.

I think this is the major problem: it protects the guilty, and penalises the

I have long wanted to be able to write web-based tutorials along these

    Here is an HTML document to illustrate this technique:
    and here is its source:

but I can't, because in IE you get exactly the same results for the two
links (try it on the above). How can I get IE to do the right thing? I
can't! It *always* presents my file served as text/plain as if I had served
it as text/html. It prevents people from doing the right thing...

And if IE thinks your tar archive is an HTML file, well bad luck for you and
your users.

It would be *really really good* if IE offered an option to switch off
content switching, and even a dialogue, so that people could get an idea
that something was wrong:

    This document has been served as text/plain but looks like an HTML file.
    What do you want to do:
        [ ] View it as HTML
        [ ] View it as text

    [ ] Never ask me this question again.

Steven Pemberton

Received on Thursday, 30 May 2002 05:34:22 UTC