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Re: Media types

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 15:49:10 -0800
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All this debate about the future of media types and their
interaction with XML is interesting and useful stuff, but
I'd like to narrow the focus a bit to the points that are
architecturally at question in the W3C/Web context.  It
seems like the conventional wisdom in response to the 
questions from the XP group would be:

1. Yes, in general you SHOULD create a media type for a
   new XML language, unless you are prepared to argue the
   case why you're not.
2. Yes, in general you SHOULD follow the recommendations
   of RFC3023, unless you are prepared to argue the case
   why you're not.
3. We don't have enough consensus in place yet to make
   an architectural finding about the proper relationship
   between media types and namespaces, except to note that
   it is highly appropriate for software to dispatch control
   based on namespaces, and that documents with mixed 
   namespaces present problems, some still unsolved, of
   the proper way to dispatch control and integrate
   results.  -Tim
Received on Thursday, 17 January 2002 18:49:17 UTC

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