Re: [apps-discuss] HTML5 and RFC 2854

Pete Resnick <presnick@qualcomm.com> Mon, 27 June 2011 03:41 UTC

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Subject: Re: [apps-discuss] HTML5 and RFC 2854
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On 6/25/11 6:20 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:
> On 2011-06-25 13:16, Mykyta Yevstifeyev wrote:
>> Currently copying this to ietf-types@ietf.org . I personally think HTML5
>> should be backwards-compatible with previous version as well as the
>> media type defined for that version. So, first what should be done is
> > ...
>
> But it isn't. It forbids certain things that were allowed before and 
> which are in use.
>
> I believe that in this case, a single level of indirection, like the 
> one we have in RFC 2854, is the right thing.

I agree. HTML defines, internal to the document, the version of HTML it 
is using, often in a DOCTYPE directive. 2854 points to authoritative 
documents for the different versions of HTML and thereby defines the 
MIME type. It seems perfectly reasonable for a new IETF document to 
update (or obsolete) 2854 giving pointers to HTML5 *and all of the prior 
versions of HTML* that might be found in a text/html MIME body.

pr

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