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Re: Attributes in Prelim DAV Spec

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 1996 21:30:22 PST
To: slein@wrc.xerox.com
CC: yarong@microsoft.com, w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
Message-Id: <96Oct31.213022pst."2759"@golden.parc.xerox.com>
# When you register an attribute, you have to register with it a mime type (or
# specify an existing mime type that it uses).  The mime type would specify
# things like whether the value can be a list or must be single-valued, the
# set of valid values or range, length constraints, etc.

I think 'mime type' is not the right type space for attribute
values. Internet Media Types aren't a general typing mechanism, and
the kinds of things you want to say about attributes don't really fit
in, except in the cases where the attribute value really _is_ a piece
of media.

Since there's such a strong interaction between metadata and search,
perhaps we shouldn't try to specify too much in the 'versioning and
distributed authoring' domain except for the mechanisms by which
attributes get set.

Received on Friday, 1 November 1996 00:30:43 UTC

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