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Re: ACTION-472: New Mime-web-info draft

From: Eric J. Bowman <eric@bisonsystems.net>
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:19:45 -0700
To: Bob Ferris <zazi@elbklang.net>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <20110131121945.028629e4.eric@bisonsystems.net>
Bob Ferris wrote:
>
> Furthermore, it nicely aligns then with the good feature of 
> decentralization that the Web gave us.
> 

Web-based decentralization is desirable for RDF ontologies, sure.  But
it is not desirable for media types, which are supposed to support
controlled evolution of generic, re-usable types -- instead of the
anarchical evolution of anything goes.  There's an extreme limit to the
number of media types that are widely understood and implemented, so
what is the technical rationale for decentralized extensibility of
media types?  There is a problem of media type proliferation, for which
the solution is not to enable even wider proliferation of media types.

-Eric
Received on Monday, 31 January 2011 19:20:26 GMT

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