[whatwg] HTTP/filesystem World Re: several messages about XML syntax and HTML5

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Mon Dec 4 22:04:31 PST 2006

On Tue, 5 Dec 2006, Karl Dubost wrote:
> Le 5 déc. 2006 à 11:38, Ian Hickson a écrit :
> > On Tue, 5 Dec 2006, Karl Dubost wrote:
> > > 
> > > 2. When people edit files locally on their filesystem (outside HTTP 
> > > world) and they put them online through FTP (outside HTTP world), to 
> > > finally reach a folder controlled by a Web server (inside HTTP 
> > > World), troubles are starting.
> > 
> > There aren't really any troubles, though, since the problem has always 
> > been with getting people to use MIME types other than text/html, and 
> > here we're saying "use text/html".
> they are troubles when servers use another mime type than "text/html"

According to my data, there are virtually no such cases.

> User X is writing a file like the ol' time home page. Give a name to the 
> file "boo.doc", "boo.txt", "boo.cool". User X uploads the file on the 
> Web server. There are troubles.

Hypothetically, this could happen, yes. But it's a rare occurance 
according to the data I have, and we have much bigger problems to deal 

> The question comes because it would be interesting to have a mechanism 
> to help to fix the mimetype when necessary.

HTTP is being worked on; I recommend speaking with the HTTP group. Fixing 
the HTTP specification is somewhat out of scope for HTML5; we're already 
pushing the envelope with the whole "sniffing for RSS" thing.

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