Re: html files not named .html

Rob McCool (
Tue, 16 Nov 1993 14:40:29 -0600

* html files not named .html by Lou Montulli (
* written on Nov 16, 12:24pm.
* 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.

This has been fixed in the recent release... it will now return a default