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XForms, XML media types, SOAP

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 10:45:23 -0800
To: www-forms@w3.org
Cc: XML Distributed Applications List <xml-dist-app@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20020111104517.A1784@mnot.net>

The current WD [1] of XForms, in section 4.3.4 "submitinfo" [2], notes:

  [...] attribute mediaTypeExtension is useful in cases where a media
  type alone is not sufficiently precise. For instance, a SOAP
  envelope would not be adequately described simply by "text/xml",
  additional information would be required.

The XML Protocol WG seems to be settling on a non-"text/xml" media
type, most likely "application/soap+xml" or some variant that uses
the conventions in RFC3023 [3].

Trivially, this means that this example should be changed. However, I
also wonder if the mediaTypeExtension could be better explained? It
isn't clear how it integrates with media types. There has been some
discussion of the relationship between namespaces URIs and media
types, but AFAIK no resolution has surfaced yet. 

Has RFC3023 been considered in the processing model for XForms? Right
now, only 'text/xml' will generate XML output; perhaps XForms should
pay attention to the '+xml' convention as well?

N.B. Apologies if this is a rehash of a previous discussion; search
on lists.w3.org is down.

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/xforms
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/xforms/slice4.html#structure-model-submitInfo
[3] http://rfc3023.x42.com/

Mark Nottingham
Received on Friday, 11 January 2002 14:12:32 UTC

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