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- From: John Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: XML Dev <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 09 Apr 1999 12:21:21 -0400
Chris Lilley wrote:
> MIME actually need not have those constraints; *email* has those
> constraints (although increasingly it does not, in practice). HTTP is
> always 8-bit clean. I agree that the MIME RFCs have steadfastly tried to
> pretend that MIME is an email-only thing.
The requirement for a charset with text/* documents (whether minimized
or not) has nothing to do with email, although the fact that a
minimized charset parameter means "US-ASCII" surely does.
A charset must be specified for interoperable text (as opposed to
application-specific formats) because text means nothing if you
do not know the charset, and no text-using application can fail
to either decode, guess, or simply presume some charset.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
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