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Re: Revisiting Authoritative Metadata (was: The failure of Appendix C as a transition technique)

From: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2013 16:53:40 -0500
Message-ID: <5133C664.10603@arcanedomain.com>
To: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
CC: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl>, "www-tag@w3.org List" <www-tag@w3.org>

On 3/2/2013 7:26 PM, Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:
> Martin was asking about
> being able to force plain text rendering of content that looks like HTML

When I've given talks about authoritative metadata, I use an example 
exactly like this, except it happens to be focused on XML. To make the 
example easy to understand, I've put up a little demo Web site at:


View Source is not a good answer for this one. The demo is years old and 
has some no-longer interesting references to IE6, but what's important is 
that modern browsers, including IE, do honor the authoritative metadata for 
the text/plain transmission.

If text/plain is sniffed, then any legitimate content that would trigger 
the sniffing just can't be transmitted in the natural way on the Web. 
Indeed, someone building a text/plain application like the one in the demo 
would have to take care to avoid sending any streams that could trigger 
unintended sniffing.

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