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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 13986] New: - remove default MIME-type
Date Sat, 26 Oct 2002 05:53:10 GMT
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remove default MIME-type

           Summary: remove default MIME-type
           Product: Apache httpd-1.3
           Version: HEAD
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Normal
          Priority: Other
         Component: core
        AssignedTo: bugs@httpd.apache.org
        ReportedBy: fantasai@escape.com


Because of the text/plain default, Mozilla's been having a lot of problems
dealing with content from Apache servers in a standards-compliant way. It seems
that a large number of server admins are not setting the proper extension ->
MIME-type mappings, and all sorts of content gets sent as text/plain.* By the
HTTP spec, Mozilla is forbidden any guessing if a content-type header is sent,
and so it *must* treat these files as plaintext, which is inappropriate.

Basically, if the content-type is really unknown, it should not be set so that
the recipient may perform detection.


http://ftp.ics.uci.edu/pub/ietf/http/rfc1945.html#BodyType
http://www.servlets.com/rfcs/rfc2616-sec7.html#sec7.2.1

* This is probably because other browsers, including MSIE, do not adhere to this
requirement, so server admins don't (and in some cases refuse to) set the
appropriate mappings to override text/plain.

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