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Re: suggestion re: media type registration

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@apache.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 13:56:45 -0700
Cc: public-ietf-w3c@w3.org
To: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Message-Id: <9E5F4C96-E563-11D7-834D-000393753936@apache.org>

> Has the W3C considered a policy of registering media types in the vnd. 
> tree? E.g.,
>   application/vnd.w3c.soap+xml
>
> It seems to me that this may help avoid some of the delays and 
> overhead with registration in the IETF tree*, and would encourage use 
> of the vnd. and prs. trees by example, so that people wouldn't be 
> prejudiced against them.

I personally hate the vnd and prs trees -- it promulgates the same 
failed
design as the x- prefixes.  A reversed dns prefix would at least have
made some sense.

As for the +xml types, a more effective mechanism would have been to
define a major type of xml under the namespace control of W3C, or
barring that an xml tree (application/xml.soap) which could either
be assigned to the W3C or at least incorporate the W3C process.
That would, of course, require an RFC to set up.  The +xml suffix
seems to beg for the most delays.

> * Although since my last post, I've had a report that vnd registration 
> with IANA is also quite slow and unpredictable...

I haven't heard anything like that -- the Apache mime.types file is
growing at an alarming rate, mostly due to vnd types.

....Roy
Received on Friday, 12 September 2003 16:57:28 GMT

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