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Re: [xml-dev] Text/xml with omitted charset parameter
- From: David Brownell <email@example.com>
- To: Elliotte Rusty Harold <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
- Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2001 11:56:20 -0700
> So is it the case, then, that the default for everything in the text/* tree must
> be ASCII or 8859-1? It's not possible for the subtype text/xml to provide
> a different default than the type text?
Every MIME text/* type defaults to ASCII, period.
Using another encoding means needing "charset=...".
HTTP isn't exactly MIME, and that's the root cause of
all the confusion here. Someone made HTML/HTTP
use MIME but change that default to ISO-8859-1.
Caused LOTS of confusion, such as this very discussion.
Think of HTML/HTTP as the only broken thing, and
then everything is consistent and makes sense.