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Re: registering formats in the web [uriMediaType-9] [Fwd: Request for MIME media type Application/Personal Tree - prs.]

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 23:23:18 -0500
Message-ID: <c70bc85d0602022023q5558ad4elb61e442994505f9f@mail.gmail.com>
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org

On 2/2/06, Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org> wrote:
> The idea is to migrate from a central registry of media types
> to just using the web as a registry.

You know I'm with you there. 8-)

> > Are you perhaps thinking that the URI in the parameter could be used
> > to dispatch applications?
>
> Yes.
>
> >   If so, I don't think that's workable as
> > virtually all (AFAICT) software that dispatches off media types, does
> > it off the media type name independent of the value of any parameters.
>
> In such a dispatch slot, we insert a handler for t9 that dispatches
> further.

That seems a monumental undertaking to me, since as I see it, you'd
have to upgrade all components (Web servers, browsers, intermediaries)
simultaneously, otherwise you'd fragment the Web into two; those
components that dispatch data processors off the media type name, and
those that dispatch off the new parameter value.

That's why I prefer mnot's proposal, as it accomodates that transition
more gracefully IMO, by also modifying the media type name.

Mark.
Received on Friday, 3 February 2006 04:23:41 GMT

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