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   Re: IE5.0 does not conform to RFC2376

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  • From: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
  • To: XML Dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • 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		cowan@ccil.org
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	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
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