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IANA MIME type registration for SVG (again)

From: Helder Magalh„es <helder.magalhaes@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 19:03:26 +0100
Message-ID: <2a1ddf8a0908241103g7e40de48kc2c3d5291284dff6@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-SVG <www-svg@w3.org>
Hi everyone,

As no updates were received since a few months ago [1] (unless I'm
missing something, but since the SVG WG minutes started to be CC'ed to
this public list I haven't noticed anything about this subject), today
I went to the IANA page and confirmed that there's nothing regarding
SVG [2] yet so I'd like to recall for the status of IANA registration
for the SVG MIME type.

Although this may sound somehow irrelevant (?), thing is until the SVG
MIME type is formally registered, one can't argument against web
hosting companies for file type registration. Of course one can link
to relevant documents [3] [4] but, until a formal acceptance is made
at IANA, the system administrator must be a reasonable person in order
to accept the "registration of this MIME type is in progress at the
W3C" [3] as a requirement (of course that the IANA registration
doesn't assure anything, but it is surely a much better argumentation

I'm convinced that putting a bit a pressure on this simple matter
would help towards content widespread: currently, authors need to have
sufficient know-how and server access privileges in order to fix
things [6] where the defaults aren't appropriate, which can easily
turn into a brick wall for starters.

Best regards,

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-svg/2009Feb/0008.html
[2] http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/image/
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/SVG11/intro.html#MIMEType
[4] http://www.w3.org/TR/SVGTiny12/mimereg.html
[5] http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3023.txt
[6] http://wiki.svg.org/Server_Configuration
Received on Monday, 24 August 2009 18:04:02 UTC

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