[html5] HTTP precedence
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Thu Mar 13 06:07:52 PDT 2008
Let's see if there is anyone still on this list...
I was thinking yet again about MSIE 8 and the meta-tag. Now that the
default behavior has been reversed we are better off, but one
implementation issue still bugs me.
A character encoding set with a meta element does not override one set
with an HTTP header. But a an IE rendering engine mode set with a meta
element may. I reacted to this as a teacher who hates it when things do
not work in uniform ways. It's like teaching strong verbs - every
student hates it.
However, there is also a principle about "Authoritative Metadata"
IE 8 violates this principle, as I see it.
In HTML 5 this is no longer an issue, according to Ian, since the meta
element has been redefined(?) (The list archive is messed up at the
moment, I can't fin the reference.)
From a teaching point of view it still is an issue. But what my puny
brain fails to get is in what way HTML 5 redefines meta, so this is not
a problem technically. Any explanation?
Also, if the meta element really has been altered I think it should be
mentioned in http://www.w3.org/TR/html5-diff/
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