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Re: [xml-dev] Postel's law, exceptions

From: Tim Bray <tbray@----------.--->
To: Joe English <jenglish@---------.--->
Date: 1/14/2004 3:53:00 AM
On Jan 13, 2004, at 6:01 PM, Joe English wrote:

> True, but the aggregator as a whole might still accept it --
> possibly by noticing that the encoding is mislabelled and
> munging the data into proper UTF-8 before passing it to the
> parser.

Wow, is there any software that actually does this?  I hadn't 
encountered it.

> In fact any aggregator that doesn't do something like this
> is doomed to fail -- *nobody's* feed has the encoding labelled
> properly.  (Well, maybe not "nobody", but certainly not very many.)

On the contrary; the vast majority of them are correct. -Tim


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