Re: errors don't come back as Content-type: text/html

Garrett Arch Blythe (
Wed, 13 Jul 1994 18:49:26 +0200

On Wed, 13 Jul 1994, Larry Masinter wrote:
> I'm running a proxy server. If I send it:
> GET gopher://nosuchhost HTTP/1.0
> Accept: */*
> I get
> HTTP/1.0 500 Internal error
> MIME-Version: 1.0
> Server: CERN/3.0pre6
> Date: Tuesday, 12-Jul 23:12:26 GMT
> Content-Length: 299
> but no Content-Type: text/html, although the result starts with
> <HTML>.
> Is this a bug in the Cern server, or is this a problem with lynx,
> which interprets it as text/plain instead of text/html? The HTTP
> documentation I can find online doesn't say whether the default for
> Content-Type is text/plain, text/html, even though Content-Type is
> optional.

I'd appreciate any Lynx specific questions taken to, but that is a matter of taste.

Anyhow, Lynx 2.3 defaults to text/plain, unless a content type is given
by the server.

I've modified the next version to default to text/html to ease these
types of problems when doing an HTTP request.


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Garrett Arch Blythe (913)864-0436
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University of Kansas Computer Center