Re: misconceptions about MIME [long]

Nathaniel Borenstein (
Thu, 22 Oct 1992 15:23:05 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Thu, 22 Oct 1992 15:23:05 -0400 (EDT)
From: Nathaniel Borenstein <>
To: Larry Masinter <>
Subject: Re: misconceptions about MIME [long]
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I think Ned (who I just added to the growing distribution list on this
exchange!)'s argument was that formats such as Postscript and Gif have
developed or are developing ways of specifying such things IN-band, that
is, in the actual data stream itself rather than in an out-of-band
location such as the MIME content-type header.  Insofar as this is true,
I think it makes much more sense NOT to further complicate matters by
introducing a way to specify these matters out-of-band.  In other words,
including information in a place like the MIME Content-type header
should only be done if there's no way for including the information in
part of the actual data, that is, the MIME body part.  I think that's
the essential philosophy behind that choice, at any rate.  -- Nathaniel