IE5.0 does not conform to RFC2376

Tim Bray tbray at
Sun Apr 4 22:03:47 BST 1999

At 03:24 PM 4/4/99 +0200, Chris Lilley wrote:
> But it need not autodetect, in fact, autodetection
>is a bad thing. I was not suggesting autodetection, quite the converse.
>Rather, in the absence of an explicit MIME charset parameter, it should
>use the encoding declaration. If there is none, then the document is in
>UTF-8 or UTF-16 and the XML spec tells you how to determine which. [1].

Just a terminology thing; I think when we say autodetection, we are 
talking about using the combination of the first few bytes and the
encoding declaration, as described in app. F  of the XML spec.  I think
(and I thought Chris thought) that this is a *good* and necessary thing,
if only because lots of XML documents are read in other ways than via
http, and because lots of times the web server simply doesn't/can't
know about the internal arrangements of some XML resource.


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