RE: Bad Content-type headers on Unicode web site?

From: Dean Harding (
Date: Thu Mar 03 2005 - 23:01:25 CST

  • Next message: Erik van der Poel: "Re: Bad Content-type headers on Unicode web site?"

    According to this section of the HTTP/1.1 protocol:

    the default encoding is iso-8859-1, unless otherwise stated. However,
    some HTTP/1.1 clients will try to "detect" the encoding, based on
    statistical analysis of the text.


    -----Original Message-----
    From: [] On
    Behalf Of Doug Ewell
    Sent: Friday, 4 March 2005 3:37 pm
    To: Unicode Mailing List
    Cc: Elliotte Harold
    Subject: Re: Bad Content-type headers on Unicode web site?

    Elliotte Harold <elharo at metalab dot unc dot edu> wrote:

    > The URL
    > appears to be served as type text/plain with no charset parameter...
    > However, that file's contents seem to be UTF-8. Shouldn't this be
    > changed to
    > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
    > or some such?

    What is the "default" encoding for text/plain with no charset parameter?
    Is there one?

    I like to think UTF-8 is "plain text" as much as Latin-1 or anything

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Thu Mar 03 2005 - 23:02:26 CST