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Re: [xml-dev] RE: Encoding charset of HTTP Basic Authentication

On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 8:01 AM, Richard Salz <rsalz@us.ibm.com> wrote:
> > Encoding still is a hard problem but I can't accept that Ignorance was
> > cause of it missing from the HTTP specs.

Nobody really questioned the belief that "netascii" was required for
maximum interop.

You want to call that Ignorance, go ahead.  I'd just say "we didn't know."

Everyone is a genius with 20/20 hindsight. I'd suggest that folks carping on and on about those catastrophically ignorant and broken specs would be better off spending their time creating the que-perfecto über-spec of tomorrow. The rest of us will be here, waiting patiently. Never mind the small detail that said catastrophically ignorant and broken specs brought us the modern, global Web as we enjoy it today while people were toiling in mega-man committees te world over on que-perfecto über-specs that never really ended up seeing any practical use.

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