[whatwg] Video with MIME type application/octet-stream
bzbarsky at MIT.EDU
Wed Dec 8 22:04:55 PST 2010
On 12/8/10 8:19 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:
>> You can't sniff in a toplevel browser window. Not the same way that
>> people are sniffing in<video>. It would break the web.
> How so?
People actually rely on the not-sniffing behavior of UAs in actual
browser windows in some cases. For example, application/octet-stream at
toplevel is somewhat commonly used to force downloads without a
corresponding Content-Disposition header (poor practice, but support for
Content-Disposition hasn't been historically great either).
> (Note that the
> spec as it stands takes a compromise position: the content is only
> accepted if the Content-Type and type="" values are supported types (if
> present) and the content sniffs as a supported type, but nothing in the
> spec checks that all three values are the same.)
Ah, I see. So similar to the way <img> is handled...
I can't quite decide whether this is the best of both worlds, or the
It certainly makes it simpler to implement video by delegating to
QuickTime or the like, though I suspect such an implementation would
also end up sniffing types the UA doesn't necessarily claim to
support.... so maybe it's not simpler after all.
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