IE5.0 does not conform to RFC2376

Chris Lilley chris at
Tue Mar 23 08:53:15 GMT 1999

John Cowan wrote:

> Chris Lilley scripsit:
> > Wow. So, what this RFC says is that, when used in email and on HTTP, the
> > encoding declaration is *always ignored*.
> Unfortunately this is a side effect of the rules for the media type
> "text/*", which says that the default value of "charset" is always US-ASCII.
> The alternative is to use "application/xml", which has no such
> obnoxious rule.

So, in consequence: example file such as the Chinese XML examples at (where each example is available
UTF-8, Big5 and GB2312, all correctly labelled in the XML encoding
declaration) are now sets of invalid XML files which are required to
produce a critical error because of the invalid byte sequences in what
is now described as a US-ASCII file?

This is deeply counterproductive, and could have been avoided. 


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