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Subject: Re: charset parameter (long)
From: [log in to unmask] (CN=Bruce Kahn/O=Iris@IRIS)
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Date:Thu, 12 Jan 95 12:28:54 EST

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Francois Yergeau wrote:
>>One idea, is for a HTML <charset> tag that would take precedence over the 
>>MIME header:
>>   <html>
>>   <charset=xxx>
>>   <head> <title> DOCUMENT TITLE GOES HERE </title> </head>
>>   <body>
>>   <h1> MAJOR HEADING GOES HERE  </h1>
>>   </body>
>>   </html>
>I like this, but will it fly?  What about multi-charset documents?

  Not very well if the text until <charset=xxx> is in one charset and the 
rest is in another.  In order for a browser to grok the charset entry it must 
be able to parse to it.  Given that, this scheme would require the authors to 
either write in two different character sets (one for the page and one for 
<charset>) or we would have to hack the scheme to be something too gross to 
consider.  Also, do we really want to get into the business of multi-charsets 
w/in 1 document??  I hope not otherwise all the discussion on a header line 
with the desired charset for negotiating on a perfered format is for 
nothing.  (I ask for a document in EUC but it has JIS or SJIS intermixed; how 
could I grok those parts?)

  I think providing the character set information is better left to 
negotiation between the browser and client (as discussed so far).  I like 
Dans suggestion about having the preference rating but Im not sure how useful 
it would be over say sending multiple accept-charsets in order of preferece 
(ie: 1st is the most prefered, the last is least prefered).

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