[whatwg] Allow trailing slash in always-empty HTML5 elements?

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at gmail.com
Sun Dec 3 21:48:38 PST 2006

Elliotte Harold wrote:
> Mike Schinkel wrote:
> > Sounds like we need content-types determined by inspection 
> > on web servers?(which would really slow-down serving pages, 
> > unless they could be cached, but with so much dynamic 
> > generated content that doesn't seem realistic...)
> No, I don;t think so. There's nothing wrong with a server specifying 
> the content-type it likes for a document, though that decision 
> should be in the hands of the document author, not the server 
> administrator. That's a design flaw in a lot of web servers and 
> server installations today.

I think you missed my point, which was that authors should be in control. I
strongly believe in the need for web authors to control content types, and
I'm even doing some research in the area at the moment.

>> My point is that the client gets to decide how it will process the 
>> incoming document. The server can suggest but it can't demand. 
>> If the client wants to process the incoming document as XML, 
>> HTML, plain text, or JPEG, that's its choice. Different clients will 
>> have different needs and thus make different choices.

Hmm. I believe the http standard states that clients are not suppose to
override a content-type given by a server. For example, a web page showing a
script virus shouldn't be identified by the client as a script and executed;
the client should instead just display it as a web page like the server told
it to.  Or am I missing your context?

-Mike Schinkel

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