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URIs for media types

From: Erik Wilde <dret@berkeley.edu>
Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2011 15:39:22 -0800
Message-ID: <4D76BE2A.1020600@berkeley.edu>
To: URI <uri@w3.org>

this may be the wrong list to ask, but i cannot think of a better one. 
if anybody happens to know a more appropriate list, please let me know!

it seems that in various places, people tried to have URIs for IANA 
media types and since there are none, and the registry's HTML does not 
provide individual web pages for each type, they either give up, or 
create proxies (such as http://purl.org/NET/mediatypes) with 
questionable authority and unknown update procedures. i think there 
would be quite some value to associate every IANA registered media type 
with an IANA-hosted URI, which might be as simple as containing the link 
to the registration request (in the same way as the current lists). i'd 
be willing to write an RFC for that, but it only would make sense if the 
IANA then would actually change the current registry to server useful 
documents at these URIs. does anybody have any idea how something like 
this could be accomplished?

thanks a lot and kind regards,

erik wilde | mailto:dret@berkeley.edu  -  tel:+1-510-6432253 |
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