Re: default return is "text/html"?

Lou Montulli (
Thu, 14 Jul 1994 00:52:41 +0200

On Jul 13, 8:41pm, Larry Masinter wrote:
> Subject: default return is "text/html"?
> Since content-type: is optional on the return value from a HTTP GET,
> the spec should say what the default is. I propose that the spec say
> that the default is text/html. (The spec currently doesn't say, as far
> as I can tell). This corresponds closely to the original spirit of
> HTTP 0.9 (where everything was text/html), is the presumption of
> Mosaic, and could easily be of Lynx, and it's better to have a
> default.
> HTTP servers probably should try to include a content-type: text/html
> anyway, if that's what they mean.
>-- End of excerpt from Larry Masinte

One of the specs did say quite clearly that text/plain is the default
type. If I could remember which one it was I would tell you, but then
again it could have been changed without telling anyone as well.

Lou Montulli
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Mosaic Communication Corp