html files not named .html

Lou Montulli (
Tue, 16 Nov 93 12:24:36 CST

Lately there have been alot of people sending me messages
saying that they can't read an HTML file with Lynx because
all they see is markup. The reason this is happening is people
are naming files with no extension and the NCSA http server
returns a mime message with no content-type. X Mosaic is rendering
them correctly, because it apparently looks for a <title> or some
other tag in the document to try to determine if its HTML.
So I would like to see at least two things happen.

1) HTTP/1.0 servers should ALWAYS return a content-type tag!!!!!!!!!
2) HTTP/1.0 servers should use the same or similar methods as X mosaic to
determine if files with no recognized extension are actually HTML.


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