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From "Lentes, Bernd" <>
Subject RE: specifying the content-type
Date Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:07:43 GMT
Martin Kuen wrote:
> Hi Bernd,
> I think your colleagues forgot/didn't want to set the
> content-type in the servlet(-code)?

Yes, i also think they forgot. They are Bioinformatics and don't know much about protocols
and web servers.

> text/plain is apache default for anything it doesn't know (if I recall
> correctly)
> If no content-type is set by the servlet, no content-type is
> delivered.
> No content-type set by the servlet causes *your browser* to
> start guessing.
> text/html is a pretty solid guess for a browser.
> Often a servlet can only generate one kind of content-type.
> If that's the case there's no point in making it configurable.
> However, you could use mod_headers to have this set/added by
> apache . . .

I will check this out.


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