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RE: Media types

From: Williams, Stuart <skw@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 16:36:53 -0000
Message-ID: <5E13A1874524D411A876006008CD059F1928AD@0-mail-1.hpl.hp.com>
To: "'Gavin Thomas Nicol'" <gtn@rbii.com>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org, xml-dist-app@w3.org
Hi Gavin,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gavin Thomas Nicol [mailto:gtn@rbii.com]
> Sent: 15 January 2002 17:15
> To: www-tag@w3.org; xml-dist-app@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Media types
> 
> 
> On Tuesday 15 January 2002 10:11 am, Williams, Stuart wrote:
> > > The point being that the application interpreting the document
> > > defines it's processing/interpretation, not the namespace
> > > declarations.
> >
> > So... are you suggesting that at least in some cases the
> > processing/interpretation of a document determines its type?
> 
> Absolutely. One program says it's a book, another a string.
>
> > Get's kind of circular if a determination of the type of a document
> > is used to resolve what processing/interpretation it should be
> > subjected to!
> 
> Which is why I have generally been in favor of out-of-band processing 
> specification. 

I think we agree... in some sense the media-type communicates something that
is not simply discernable by looking at the content. It's not redundant
information, in some sense it adds value.

Thanks,

Stuart
Received on Thursday, 17 January 2002 11:37:18 GMT

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