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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 13986] - remove default MIME-type
Date Wed, 05 Feb 2003 12:00:41 GMT
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remove default MIME-type





------- Additional Comments From nd@perlig.de  2003-02-05 12:00 -------
> Apache doesn't know what it is sending, it just 
> sending what someone told it. That's is not the same!

Maybe. But that's the only way every software works. So that difference is not
very interesting for now.

> Setting the DefaultType to octet-stream by default goes against the RFC-specs,

??
 
> this is a decision for the client, not the server. The reason for it is 
> problably when the client knows some unofficial/propriety MIME-types, unknown 
> to Apache. 

Again: you can teach apache these types. That shall be wrong? Can't believe that.

> [...] The client is not allowed to verify this (see HTTP-specs) and 
> thus have to display the content as text or saving it as a file as bytes. But 
> this may not be what the author intended.

If the author intends a content type, he can advise the httpd in various ways to
send it. All of these ways are quite simple.

*sigh* we spin round again and again.

Neither the server nor the client knows what is sent. They both have to be
configured to recognize something. Let the people configure their software
properly and everything is fine. Don't blame apache for dumb admins. Blame the ISPs!

> But, why does the DefaultType exists anyway? It is not correct by RFC 
> (in most cases)

I don't believe that. But however, this is not a problem. I'm also concerned
about compat. The Apache doesn't exist only for Mozilla. What about the
thousands of browsers out there? How do they work without getting a content type?
I don't know, are there any infos available?

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