Re: html files not named .html (Lou Montulli)
From: (Lou Montulli)
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Subject: Re: html files not named .html
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 93 16:08:58 CST
In-reply-to: <199311162130.PAA29310@austin.BSDI.COM>; from "Tony Sanders" at Nov 16, 93 3:30 pm
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> 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.

This is what Lynx does.  Unfortunatly since Xmosaic doesn't do that
I get complaint after complaint about how Lynx is screwed up because
it renders what they think is fine (because it works in Xmosaic)
into crap.

> 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.
> --sanders
I did read it and look where it got me :)

(Perhaps the default should be changed since all of the Mosaic browsers
seem to default to text/HTML.)

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