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From r..@ai.mit.edu (Robert S. Thau)
Subject Re: Patches to handle content-language
Date Tue, 18 Jul 1995 17:58:35 GMT
   From: Rob Hartill <hartill@ooo.lanl.gov>
   Date: Tue, 18 Jul 95 15:19:19 MDT

   > a propitious palliative for the perplexities that would previal were 
   > a .pl suffix to be presumptively prescribed for the present purpose).

   > rst


   she sells sea s^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H 

   Just be wary of relying on improbabilities to keep things working...
   if you give people the tools to break the system, they invariably end
   up using them, by which time it's too late to replace the tools with
   something foolproof.

Well, if people want a foolproof tool which lets them spell out
everything in detail, they've got it (*.var files).  However, there
are plenty of people who want to the server to make a best guess based
on suffixes, and a lot of them are using the CERN server to do exactly
that, potential ambiguities and all, and they do want Apache to do the
same thing.

There clearly is potential trouble here, and it would be good if our
docs mentioned it, but there is a way around it (just don't assign
ambiguous suffixes --- there's nothing that forces you into it), and
the potential screw isn't much worse at all than the potential for
abuse of existing features (conflicts bewteen content-encodings and
content-types in the extension namespace).

I say ship it ;-).  

rst

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