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Thread: How to set the http-equiv="Content-Type" when writing XHTML documents.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2004

    How to set the http-equiv="Content-Type" when writing XHTML documents.

    Hi Everybody,

    I have written an xhtml document that looks like this:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/xml; charset=UTF-8" />

    When I try to validate this at the W3C I get the following error message:

    The HTTP Content-Type header sent by your web browser (unknown) did not contain a "charset" parameter, but the Content-Type was one of the XML text/* sub-types (text/xml). The relevant specification (RFC 3023) specifies a strong default of "us-ascii" for such documents so we will use this value regardless of any encoding you may have indicated elsewhere. If you would like to use a different encoding, you should arrange to have your browser send this new encoding information.

    I am wondering how to go about giving the document correct meta information. I need this xhtml document to work in IE6+ and NS7+. If anybody knows how to make the xml declaration and meta data behave could you please let me know?

    Thanks for your help.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Boston Area, Massachusetts
    Give this a try:
    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="application/xhtml+xml; charset=utf-8" />
    I'd also strongly recommend you read Mark Pilgrim's excellent: The Road to XHTML 2.0: MIME Types.

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