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RE: RDF Issue: mime-types-for-rdf-docs

From: Pierre-Antoine <pa@champin.net>
Date: 09 Apr 2002 21:16:11 +0200
To: www-rdf-comments@w3.org
Message-Id: <1018362134.717.25.camel@calvin>
A few thoughts bout that mime-type issue.

First, often thought of XML as an "encoding" mime-type for other
"abstract" mime-types.
This "encoding" idea came to me from the HTTP protocol:
you can get a text/html document, which is encoded in application/gzip.

Similarly, why not consider a mime-type application/svg, which would be
encoded in text/xml (which could, in turn, be encoded in

The main difference is that application/svg would *need* to be encoded,
hence my qualifying it of "abstract" mime-type.

On the other hand, with RDF, we see very well that several encoding
(like text/xml or text/n3) would be possible for the same abstract type
(say, application/rdf).

I guess this is what the "+" notation is informally trying to do, and I
know this issue is outside the simple scope of RDF, but would that be a
good idea to generalize this "encoding" concept, already encountered by
two communities (HTTP and RDF) into a standard notation,
something like

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