HTML 4.0, Internet Media Types, and the IANA

Liam Quinn (liam@htmlhelp.com)
Sat, 16 Aug 1997 12:23:58 -0400


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Date: Sat, 16 Aug 1997 12:23:58 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
From: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>
Subject: HTML 4.0, Internet Media Types, and the IANA

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The HTML 4.0 draft says to see <ftp://ftp.isi.edu/in-
notes/iana/assignments/media-types/> "for a complete list of valid 
scripting language types." [1]  In the previous sentence, the draft gives 
"text/tcl", "text/javascript", and "text/vbscript" as examples of valid 
scripting language types.  However, none of these media types is listed at 
the IANA reference.

This practice of using unregistered Internet Media Types seems quite 
common these days, as "text/css", "image/fif", "audio/voxware", and many 
others are widely used despite not being assigned by the IANA.

Is the assignment of Internet Media Types by the IANA no longer a 
consideration?  While I could understand Netscape not bothering to get 
"text/javascript" registered, I would have thought that the W3C would have 
seen to it that "text/css" was assigned.

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-html40/interact/scripts.html#h-9.2.1.2

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