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Re: URIs for media types

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2011 20:34:05 -0500
Message-ID: <AANLkTimMK1KCKeEd=Bk4utzOo83kEC8JFSSmcVyqDhoi@mail.gmail.com>
To: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
Cc: Erik Wilde <dret@berkeley.edu>, URI <uri@w3.org>
On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 7:33 PM, John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org> wrote:
> 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.

Whether the URIs resolve or not isn't as big an issue as whether IANA
has reserved them, i.e. committed to not assigning them alternate
meanings in the future.

Received on Thursday, 10 March 2011 01:34:38 UTC

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