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Content-Type Issue When Validating Through W3C

6:54 am on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I have an issue with my website when validating it through [w3.org...] validator.

The Warning is:

No Character encoding declared at document level

But when i check the response headers then there is such information available e.g.

Server: Apache
Accept-Ranges: bytes
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
Vary: Accept-Encoding
Content-Encoding: gzip

So my question is that:

1) is it mandatory to mention Content-Type in <Head> section under <meta> tags even if i am
sending Content-Type through response headers ?

2) If there is not the above case then how i can validate my website page/ document through
W3C Validator without showing any error or warning.

Answers are welcomed and most needed.
8:11 pm on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yes, you need

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">

or similar. Document encoding is not the same as server headers.

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