Re: HTML3.2 and the standards process

Daniel W. Connolly (connolly@beach.w3.org)
Thu, 09 May 1996 19:38:40 -0400


Message-Id: <m0uHfIB-0002UmC@beach.w3.org>
To: Paul Prescod <papresco@itrc.uwaterloo.ca>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: HTML3.2 and the standards process
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Thu, 09 May 1996 17:16:19 EDT."
             <199605092116.RAA26993@itrc.uwaterloo.ca> 
Date: Thu, 09 May 1996 19:38:40 -0400
From: "Daniel W. Connolly" <connolly@beach.w3.org>

In message <199605092116.RAA26993@itrc.uwaterloo.ca>, Paul Prescod writes:
>
>Since the IETF defines what text/html is I think that a HTTP server that
>delivers HTML 3.2 as text/html would be in error unless the IETF (though the
>HTML-WG) decides to update the definition of text/html to allow HTML 3.2,
>which would, I expect,  be a very long and painful process.

About HTTP, I think you're right. The definition of text/html
needs to change. I proposed putting that on the HTML WG charter,
but it doesn't look likely.

And strictly speaking, it doesn't have to be done there.


The way I understand it, the IETF defines not what text/html is,
but the binding between the name text/html and the relavent spec.

That binding is stored at:

	ftp://venera.isi.edu/in-notes/iana/assignments/media-types/text/html

and it currently points to RFC1866.

Any updates/enhancements to RFC1866 in the IETF would go through
the HTML working group, but changes to the binding between
text/html and the relavent spec don't necessarily involve any
working groups or the publication of any documents. You just
send a request to IANA, after discussing it on the ietf-types
mailing list.

See:

	MIME media types
	Harald.T.Alvestrand@uninett.no
	Last modified: Mon Mar 11 11:25:32 1996 
	http://domen.uninett.no/~hta/ietf/media-types.html

(found from the MIME FAQ, available at:

http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/mail/mime-faq/part3/faq.html
)

Dan