multiple encoding specs (Re: IE5.0 does not conform to RFC2376)

Chris Lilley chris at
Sun Apr 11 05:43:37 BST 1999

John Cowan wrote:

> > But it does not have to be explicit. It can be implied.  good way of
> > formalising that implication would be to refer to the rules in the XML
> > 1.0 Recommendation.
> I meant that if you are processing a MIME document, as long as you
> know its major type is "text", you can always determine the charset.
> There is either an explicit charset parameter, or the implicit
> charset of either "US-ASCII" or "ISO-8859-1" depending on the
> underlying transport protocol.

Aha. So, if you know that what the HTTP server sent is text/xml, then no
charset parameter means it is US-ASCII, but if you think it is just
text/*, then that means it is ISO-8859-1 ?

And if you save it to disk and then read it back, no encoding
declaration means it is either UTF-8 or UTF-16.


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