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Re: [putMediaType-38] reopening discussion

From: Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Tue, 03 May 2005 14:12:45 -0400
Message-ID: <4277BF1D.4050704@metalab.unc.edu>
To: "Roy T.Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>
CC: W3C TAG <www-tag@w3.org>

Roy T.Fielding wrote:

>    2) change the configuration such that future 200 responses
>       to "GET /something.html" will be served as "application/pdf",
>       thus preserving the client's stated intent.

#2 seems to me to be the obviously correct response. If servers don't 
support this, they should be changed to do so. Most servers desperately 
need a lot of work on per-file MIME types anyway.

In general, far too much attention is paid to filename extensions. 
Perhaps that's just my Mac background showing. I've never really 
believed that any magic should be attached to adding a period and three 
letters to a file name. Overloading filenames to include type 
information is a poor substitute for real metadata. It's a broken, 
fragile system. The Mac improved on this more than two decades ago. Why 
do we insist on living in the past?

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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