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Re: 9 July 2003 draft of "Client handling of MIME headers" available

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: 09 Jul 2003 15:17:18 -0500
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@apache.org>
Cc: "Ian B. Jacobs" <ij@w3.org>, www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <1057781837.14026.394.camel@dirk.dm93.org>

On Wed, 2003-07-09 at 15:03, Roy T. Fielding wrote:
[... several points I don't take issue with...]
>     However, a receiving application can, with very high reliability,
>     determine the character encoding of an XML document by reading it
> Sorry, that is completely false.

No need to apologize; just present some evidence.
I'm pretty confident it is true "with very high

The design is presented in...

  F Autodetection of Character Encodings (Non-Normative)

and implementations are widespread and highly reliable.

>   Folks should read the number of
> security vulnerabilities caused by such thinking before declaring
> that it is the case.

For example? Do they involve XML?

> BTW, on a related point, I will note that the W3C working groups
> responsible for all of the exceptions requested on this point have
> still failed to register their media types with IANA.  I just spent
> an hour digging though the W3C site to pick up some of these types
> for the Apache configuration file, since I am tired of waiting for
> the appropriate authors.  People claiming that the registration
> process is slow should be ashamed of themseleves -- there are dozens
> of new types since the last update with far less applicability and
> deployment.  The only organization that seems incapable of
> registering deployed types is the W3C.  Whatever the problem is,
> it sure as heck isn't the IANA process.

You are way, way out of line, Roy. Don't jump to the conclusion
that the authors are at fault.

The IESG is on record as having repeatedly dropped the
ball on W3C registrations. See
and the paper trail going back at least a year on this

I'll thank you to be constructive an present your evidence or
just keep your comments to yourself.

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Wednesday, 9 July 2003 16:17:20 UTC

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