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Re: [PATCH] FAQ update on binary files (was Re: Determining which files are treated as binary)

From: Greg Thomas <thomasgd_at_omc.bt.co.uk>
Date: 2005-06-14 19:33:49 CEST

On 14 Jun 2005 11:11:34 -0500, kfogel@collab.net wrote:

>I did not commit the "<meta http-equiv=...>" portion of your change,
>partly because it should be a separate commit anyway, and partly
>because I wasn't sure what problem it was solving. Could you explain
>it in a bit more detail? Your log message just said:
> Also added a <meta http-equiv> tag so http://validator.w3.org/ can
> properly validate an uploaded file.

If an HTML file is accessed by HTTP, then the HTTP headers will tell
the client what the character encoding is.

If the HTML file is accessed by other means (e.g. via local file
access, ftp, etc.) then the client has to determine what the encoding
some other way. The best way to do this is to add the http-equiv tag.

>Is that important? Should all our www/ files have this?

I wouldn't say it's vitally important as the files are normally served
via http, but yes, all the HTML files should have it really.


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