Re: content-type preferences [Was: Re: <PRE tab-width=4> (Thumbs Down) ]

Dave Raggett (
Mon, 6 Feb 95 13:36:44 EST

> As I pointed out earlier, Dan's idea does have one drawback by not
> accomodating multiple formats - and I do wish someone would explain in 25
> words or less how an html author provides input into how http "negotiates"
> with clients about content type -- but a content type attribute clearly
> beats hardwiring content type based on file extension. For one thing, an
> attribute is easier to parse than a URL/filename.

The solution is to create a URC entry that describes the resource and
to get HTTP servers to use these entries to construct the content type
and other attributes. We need to get URCs underway and soon ...

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