XML Serving Solutions

Chris Maden crism at ora.com
Fri Jan 23 17:36:50 GMT 1998

[Jeremie Miller]
> I'm wondering what everyone else thinks about this issue.  When a
> server-side solution is used to dynamically modify XML content into
> HTML so existing browsers can render it appropriately, what happens
> to a browser that _can_ deal with the XML or XML + XSL?  Or what
> happens to an intelligent spider that understands XML?  As far as I
> can tell, right now nothing happens, they get HTML just like anyone
> else.  But so much is lost and it nullifies much of the power of XML
> and the meta information it contains.
> I guess I'd just like to see this discussed before it becomes a
> problem.  I suppose something simple like this in the head of the
> HTML page would work: <LINK REL="Alternate" TYPE="text/xml"
> HREF="realpage.xml">
> But without any kind of consensus on this or official recommendation
> I doubt it would get used.
> Am I missing something, or has this already been discussed?

I don't think it needs discussion, just clarification.  I would expect
the browser to send an Accept-Type header (I think that's the right
name) of text/xml;q=1.0,text/html;q=0.9 if it can handle XML.  The
server shouldn't transform the XML if the browser prefers it to HTML.

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