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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 18443] New: - "Media Types and Wildcards" section is incorrect
Date Fri, 28 Mar 2003 05:46:07 GMT
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"Media Types and Wildcards" section is incorrect

           Summary: "Media Types and Wildcards" section is incorrect
           Product: Apache httpd-2.0
           Version: 2.0.32
          Platform: Other
               URL: http://httpd.apache.org/docs-2.0/content-
                    negotiation.html#better
        OS/Version: Other
            Status: NEW
          Severity: Minor
          Priority: Other
         Component: Documentation
        AssignedTo: bugs@httpd.apache.org
        ReportedBy: seairth@seairth.com


According to RFC2616 Section 14.1, specific types have a high precedence than 
more general types at the same quality level:

---begin_snippet---
Media ranges can be overridden by more specific media ranges or specific media 
types. If more than one media range applies to a given type, the most specific 
reference has precedence.

  Accept: text/*, text/html, text/html;level=1, */*

have the following precedence:

  1) text/html;level=1
  2) text/html
  3) text/*
  4) */*
---end_snippet---

As a result, the example given:

text/html, text/plain, image/gif, image/jpeg, */*

would read as "I prefer text/html, text/plain, image/gif, or image/jpeg.  If 
none of those are available, then give me anything you might have."

It is not necessary to give */* a lower quality level.  Technically, the 
outcome will be the same.  But the assertion is incorrect to start with.

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