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Added 'Setting headers' and 'Telling the browser to treat the respons…

…e as a file attachment' sections to docs/request_response.txt

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@@ -402,6 +402,27 @@ hard-coded strings. If you use this technique, follow these guidelines:
content, you can't use the ``HttpResponse`` instance as a file-like
object. Doing so will raise ``Exception``.
+Setting headers
+To set a header in your response, just treat it like a dictionary::
+ >>> response = HttpResponse()
+ >>> response['Pragma'] = 'no-cache'
+Telling the browser to treat the response as a file attachment
+To tell the browser to treat the response as a file attachment, use the
+``mimetype`` argument and set the ``Content-Disposition`` header. For example,
+this is how you might return a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet::
+ >>> response = HttpResponse(my_data, mimetype='application/')
+ >>> response['Content-Disposition'] = 'attachment; filename=foo.xls'
+There's nothing Django-specific about the ``Content-Disposition`` header, but
+it's easy to forget the syntax, so we've included it here.
@@ -420,7 +441,7 @@ Methods
but since this is actually the value included in the HTTP ``Content-Type``
header, it can also include the character set encoding, which makes it
more than just a MIME type specification. If ``mimetype`` is specified
- (not None), that value is used. Otherwise, ``content_type`` is used. If
+ (not ``None``), that value is used. Otherwise, ``content_type`` is used. If
neither is given, the ``DEFAULT_CONTENT_TYPE`` setting is used.
``__setitem__(header, value)``

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