Making text/* rely on being naively readable makes it only useful for
plain text and Wiki.
But unfortunately, that is precisely the situation, because unknown subtypes
of text default to text/plain, so the material MUST be understandable to
We can all agree that it would be great to go back 8 years and have done x
or y differently, but then people in hell would like a glass of ice water
RFC 2646 was exactly about dealing with these practical issues of how to
role out new functionality within text/* without generating user
To quote Larry Masinter on a previous issue within the draft, "We live in a
complex world of our own making."
Dan Kohn <mailto:dan(_at_)dankohn(_dot_)com>