Re: #428 Accept-Language ordering for identical qvalues

"Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com> Sun, 20 January 2013 12:54 UTC

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On Jan 19, 2013, at 6:34 PM, Mark Nottingham wrote:

> Julian et al,
> 
> I think the important bit here is the context that we're talking about the semantics of an expressed preference -- which can be freely ignored, or selectively applied, without affecting conformance. The important thing is that the preference itself have clear semantics, which I think Roy's change does (especially in concert with changes elsewhere).
> 
> As such, I think the relevant question is whether this is specific to A-L, or all A-* that take qvalues. Roy, thoughts?

I am pretty sure it is specific to languages.  Accept has never been
treated as an ordered list, Accept-Encoding was originally designed
to prefer the smallest representation (changing that to qvalues was
unfortunate), and Accept-Charset is almost deprecated at this point.

....Roy