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Re: Media type encoding parameter?

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2002 10:37:59 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <200201031538.KAA01861@markbaker.ca>
To: skw@hplb.hpl.hp.com (Williams, Stuart)
Cc: jacek@systinet.com, xml-dist-app@w3.org
Hi Stuart,

> Mark, Jacek,
> I guess that a (small) concern I have with some of the direction this is
> taking is that it introduces the potential for the metadata to be
> inconsistent with the actual message content, this creates new failure cases
> and potentially some need to consider how such inconsistencies should be
> handled and so-forth. 

Yes, definitely, and it's worth considering the cost of that.  I've got a
separate email I'll be sending about addressing that for the "envelope"
and "action" parameters.

> I think if we create a means to create inconsistency between say some
> fine-grain message type expressed in a content-type header and the actual
> type of the message content, there will be folks with either curious or
> malicious intent that 'experiment' with being inconsistent.
> The more stuff that leaks out of the message headers the more potential to
> be inconsistent...
> I think we need to keep this stuff to the bare essentials and largely with
> the status of a hint, ie. the presense of inconsistency the message content
> is king.

That's my suggestion too.  More later.

Mark Baker, Chief Science Officer, Planetfred, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.      mbaker@planetfred.com
http://www.markbaker.ca   http://www.planetfred.com
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