Re: default return is "text/html"?

Rick Troth (
Tue, 19 Jul 1994 23:32:17 +0200

> Why can't "I don't know" be a valid reply ?

I'm begining to be swayed. I think I argued that there should
always be a content-type. But I'm not so sure now, given the (wise)
distinction between server defaults and client defaults.

> If you define a default, then any compliant httpd would always stuff in
> that default. Thus, the uncertainty about the document content is lost.
> Similarly, if a client blindly assumes a default without trying to
> figure it out, there is a similar loss of information. In other words,
> it is valuable to know that the content is uncertain.
> ...
> Mike
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Rick Troth <>, Rice University, Information Systems