Re: <PRE tab-width=4> (Thumbs Down)

Larry Masinter (
Fri, 27 Jan 95 17:24:42 EST

I think people are responding to the request that there be some way to
say <A HREF=""
content-type="application/postscript"> with an irrelevant remark about
how you wouldn't need this if the HREF were HTTP instead of FTP.

The cases where "content-type" are useful are exactly the ones where
there is no HTTP server, namely "ftp:", "file:" and (in some cases)
"gopher:" URLs.

Whether or not someone could construct a server that would serve the
same files properly tagged is irrelevant.

> Including a hard-wired content-type in a link seems to defeat the purpose of
> the HTTP negotiation algorithm, although, as in overloading the filename, it
> can be of utility when all else fails.

Since FTP servers don't implement the HTTP negotiation algorithm, how
can you "defeat the purpose" of something that isn't there?