IE5.0 does not conform to RFC2376

Gavin Thomas Nicol gtn at
Thu Mar 25 13:34:02 GMT 1999

> Describing files in encodings other than US-ASCII or ISO 8859-1 (or
> maybe other ISO 8859s) as text/anything is not a very good idea.  The
> rules for text/* allow many unhealthy things; 8-bit data is not even a
> safe assumption, and line-end normalization can be a killer.  The
> fallback rules for MIME's two-level hierarchy is only the final straw;
> for non-European encodings, I would use application/xml.

HTTP specifically ignores some things required by MIME, so the
above is only an issue in mail.

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