IE5.0 does not conform to RFC2376

MURATA Makoto murata at
Thu Apr 8 07:34:58 BST 1999

>As far as making the relative priorities explicit. I hope there is no
>intention to supercede the XML encoding declaration as the normative way
>in which documents, not being wrapped by some higher protocol which
>treats the text at some more generic level, announce their character

As far as I know, no change is planned.

For a historical and unfortunate reason, determination of the charset 
of WWW pages has become an extremely hard problem.  Since XML is not 
only for human readable documents but also for programs and database 
systems, failture to determine the charset leads to devastating results 
such as corrupted database.

XML 1.0 and RFC 2376 do not provide a perfect solution, and I am not 
quite happy (probabaly, nobody is completely happy).  However, after 
loooong discussion, we have painfully learned that there are no alternatives 
on which majoriy of HTTP/MIME/XML people would agree.  I sincerely hope that 
people will follow these two specifications and that we will have better 


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