Re: default return is "text/html"?

Rick Troth (
Thu, 14 Jul 1994 17:09:21 +0200

> I mean, come on. We are connecting to HTTP, "HyperText" Transfer
> Protocol, shouldn't the default be text/html?

Good point.

What this suggests, then, is that HyperTextTPDs should
*always* include a content-type header line. In other words,
the server should pin a default type (text/html) on all questionable objects.

I mean, come on. What's so hard about tacking on ".html"
to any file it serves-out? That's just one way to eliminate the
ambiguity. There are others.

Or (again) the clients could be "smarter", and upon seeing
"<html>" or even just "<head>" or any other SGML-ish strings,
decide, oh yeah, this *is* HTML, otherwise make it plain text.

> Garrett.

Rick Troth <>, Rice University, Information Systems