CSS selectors in web pages

Nico R. n-roeser at gmx.net
Wed Sep 22 13:15:10 PDT 2004


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Matthew Burgess wrote:

> On Wed, 22 Sep 2004 16:09:31 +0200
> "Nico R." <n-roeser at gmx.net> wrote:
> 
>> Oh, by the way, once we change the script type from "text/javascript"
>> to "application/x-ecmascript" or something more sane (we will have to
>> check what seems to be best), client-side scripts will stop working
>> in IE6 anyway.
>>
>> Using "text/javascript" is *completely wrong*, since this type is not
>> registered with IANA. Therefore using it is a violation of RFC 2045,
>> and because of that, of HTML 4, too, because HTML 4 has RFC 2045 as a
>> normative reference. XHTML 1.0 is affected as well, because it uses
>> the semantics of HTML 4, so we are effectively violating the XHTML
>> 1.0 spec at the moment.
> 
> Interesting.  http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/interact/scripts.html lists
> "text/javascript", "text/tcl" and "text/vbscript" as example values
> for the 'type' attribute.  Not one of those is currently registered
> with IANA.

Exactly. This is one of a few known bugs in the HTML 4 specification.
However, it seems that the people in charge forgot to put it onto the
errata page <URL:http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/html4-updates/errata>. I will
remind them of this, thanks.

> In fact I don't see "application/x-ecmascript" at 
> http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/application/ either :)

Media types or subtypes beginning with "X-" or "x-" are the only ones
which can be used without registration, e.g. for experimental purposes.
RFC 2045 has some details on this.

Cheers,
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Nico
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