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Re: Feedback on Internet Media Types and the Web

From: Nathan <nathan@webr3.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 00:16:13 +0000
Message-ID: <4CD9E44D.40308@webr3.org>
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
CC: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>, "julian.reschke@gmx.de" <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, "www-tag@w3.org WG" <www-tag@w3.org>, Alexey Melnikov <alexey.melnikov@isode.com>
Henri Sivonen wrote:
> Another case of deployment happening ahead of registration

not to mention the various rss types, and the types for all variations 
of RDF other than rdf+xml, and the media type for things like opensearch 
[1].

The question was asked, recently, how one would go about deploying a new 
mediatype, and which type to use whilst being a future web standard, but 
no reply was given [2,3], similarly after many years, the other RDF 
serializations like N3 and Turtle remain unregistered, and likewise re 
opensearch.

To illustrate the effect this has, currently to figure out what the true 
media type is of some returned RDF, one needs to check for the following:

application/rdf+xml, application/xml, text/xml
  -> hopefully rdf+xml

text/turtle, application/x-turtle, application/turtle, text/rdf+n3, 
text/n3, application/n3:
  -> n3 or turtle

text/rdf, text/text, text/plain, text/html, ""
  -> could be anything

and that's only to negotiate between rdf/xml, n3 and turtle.

Best,

Nathan

[1] http://www.opensearch.org/Specifications/OpenSearch/1.1 
(application/opensearchdescription+xml - This type is pending IANA 
registration. - (for a very long time!)
[2] http://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/ietf-types/current/msg01103.html
[3] http://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/ietf-types/current/msg01102.html
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