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Re: URIs for media types

From: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011 19:33:19 -0500
To: Erik Wilde <dret@berkeley.edu>
Cc: URI <uri@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20110309003319.GA6844@mercury.ccil.org>
Erik Wilde scripsit:

> 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?

Well, it's already the case that many such documents are served at
http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/TYPE/SUBTYPE.  For example,
http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/application/msword
already retrieves a document describing Microsoft Word files, and
http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/image/png works too, though
http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/application/octet-stream
does not.

So I'd go with URIs of that form, and just live with the fact that not
all of them resolve to descriptive documents, as XML folks live with
the fact that not all namespace URIs do.

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