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Bug#305495: apache: AddDefaultCharset breaks the non-latin1 pages

severity 305495 important

On Wed, Apr 20, 2005 at 12:46:29PM +0200, Piotr Roszatycki wrote:
> Package: apache
> Version: 1.3.33-4
> Severity: minor
> There is problem with AddDefaultCharset. The default charset is iso-8859-1.
> That means the pages which sets other charsets (iso-8859-2, cyrilic, etc.) are
> broken in the default Apache configuration. It seems to me as
> English-language-centric point of view.
> Everybody who I know just distable this setting after installing the package,
> but it is a little annoying.

"AddDefaultCharset" has nothing to do with the "default charset".  It means:
"ignore the meta charset field in HTMLs and pretend we already know it to be
XXX" which is already a bad idea even when XXX happens to be right:


Now with XXX being "iso-8859-1" which is WRONG most of the time, there's
simply no justification for having this in the default setup.

Robert Millan

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