RE: ISPs that refuse to support text/xml
> It appears that there are some ISP that do not have text/xml > configured into their webservers. Well, you could tell your ISP that "text/xml" is a registered media type, per the IANA list at http://www.isi.edu/in-notes/iana/assignments/media-types/media-types, and IETF RFC 2376. However, RFC 2376 is due to be replaced, in part because "text/xml" is a bit misguided. "application/xml" is more appropriate, per the current proposal. See http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-murata-xml-09.txt Also, an HTTP server is under no obligation to assign a particular media type to files whose names have particular extensions like ".xml". It can be configured to do so in the absence of a more reliable mechanism, and is in fact what most web servers do, but the assignments are not mandated by any standards, and people who run web servers are free to do what they want in this regard. After reading the new XML Media Types draft, I am inclined to say that text/xml is almost never appropriate. It is unfortunate that using application/xml will induce current-generation HTTP user agents to download the XML rather than process or render it, but c'est la vie. You shouldn't assume that what browsers want to do, and what media types they expect, would be a concern :) -M.
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