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   RE: IE5.0 does not conform to RFC2376

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  • From: "Gavin Thomas Nicol" <gtn@eps.inso.com>
  • To: "'Chris Maden'" <crism@oreilly.com>, <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 15:10:10 -0500

> Describing files in encodings other than US-ASCII or ISO 8859-1 (or
> maybe other ISO 8859s) as text/anything is not a very good idea.  The
> rules for text/* allow many unhealthy things; 8-bit data is not even a
> safe assumption, and line-end normalization can be a killer.  The
> fallback rules for MIME's two-level hierarchy is only the final straw;
> for non-European encodings, I would use application/xml.

HTTP specifically ignores some things required by MIME, so the
above is only an issue in mail.

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