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From Ben Laurie <...@gonzo.ben.algroup.co.uk>
Subject Re: META revisited
Date Mon, 24 Feb 1997 17:52:21 GMT
Jason Clary wrote:
> 
> > 
> > A long, long time ago, I brought up the question of HTTP-EQUIV META tags. I
> > was told at the time that this is a client-side thing. However, this does not
> > appear to be the case. Firstly, the HTML 3.2 spec clearly says that this tag
> > should be used by servers, and secondly, Netscape at least do not process it at
> > the client end (as far as I can tell).
> > 
> > Standards-wise, this is somewhat unfortunate - should this really be in the
> > HTTP spec? Anyway, the question is, does anyone have any views? Should we
> > support this?
> 
> 
> Everything I've read about META tags (including the nice book Webmaster
> which is part of the Nutshell series from O`eilly) seems to say that
> the web server SHOULD parse META tags and add the contained entities
> to the headers.
> 
> Personaly I think this is incredibly stupid as it would require all
> pages to be parsed for META tags.

That's true no matter who parses them (and don't forget proxies!). And META
is a HEAD field, so the whole page doesn't need to be parsed. And we could
make it configurable.

> 
> Hmm, does the new ssi support setting of extended headers fields?
> Maybe having an "alternative" would be acceptable.

Not from the point of view of having portable HTML, but that may not matter so
much for this particular task.

Cheers,

Ben.

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