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RE: Sketch of an idea to address widget/package addressing with fragID syntax and media-type defn.

From: Williams, Stuart (HP Labs, Bristol) <skw@hp.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 16:41:02 +0000
To: Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>, Marcos Caceres <marcosscaceres@gmail.com>
CC: "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>, public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>
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Hello Art,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Arthur Barstow [mailto:art.barstow@nokia.com]
> Sent: 01 December 2008 15:10
> To: Williams, Stuart (HP Labs, Bristol); Marcos Caceres
> Cc: www-tag@w3.org; public-webapps
> Subject: Re: Sketch of an idea to address widget/package
> addressing with fragID syntax and media-type defn.
>
> Marcos, Stuart,
>
> On Dec 1, 2008, at 5:29 AM, ext Williams, Stuart (HP Labs, Bristol)
> wrote:
> >> From: Marcos Caceres [mailto:marcosscaceres@gmail.com]
> >>
> >> Unfortunately, widgets/zip do not maintain media-type information.
> >> That information is derived from content-type sniffing heuristics as
> >> defined in HTML5 [1].
> >
> > Well there are ways around that, add a package description or meta-
> > data file either at the root of the package or at each directory
> > level and have it carry media-type information - or use 'magic
> > numbers' or (if you really must - in the absense of other
> > authoritative information), sniff/guess though I think that should
> > be the least preferred option.
> >
> > Anyway - that zip files don't intrinically maintain such info is
> > not a show stopper - though I would have thought that carrying
> > media-type information is a natural requirement for a packaging
> > format for the web.
>
> It seems like adding such a meta-data file would increase the
> complexity of authoring and implemenation and thus be contrary to at
> least our "Ease of use" design goal [1].

Surely that is a bit subjective. Folks creating widget packages are going to be tech savvy users and probably using tools that automate the process.

> -Regards, Art Barstow
>
> [1] <http://www.w3.org/TR/widgets-reqs/#design>

Stuart
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