Re: html files not named .html

Tony Sanders <>
Message-id: <199311162130.PAA29310@austin.BSDI.COM>
Subject: Re: html files not named .html 
In-Reply-To: Rob McCool's message of Tue, 16 Nov 1993 14:40:29 CST.
Organization: Berkeley Software Design, Inc.
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1993 15:30:12 -0600
From: Tony Sanders <>
Lou Montulli writes:
>  * 1) HTTP/1.0 servers should ALWAYS return a content-type tag!!!!!!!!!
Rob McCool replies:
> This has been fixed in the recent release... it will now return a default
> type.

I don't agree that servers should ALWAYS return a content-type:
because there is a defined default if content-type is missing. sez:
    The data (if any) sent with an HTTP request or reply is in a format
    and encoding defined by the object header fields, the default being
    "plain/text" type with "8bit" encoding.
*However*, defensive programming would dictate that you be explicit.

Note that the HTTP/1.0 spec:
has changed a bit over the past few months.  Both server and browser
authors should probably re-read it.