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From: John Kemp <john.kemp@earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 10:20:10 -0400
Cc: "Don Box" <dbox@microsoft.com>, "Mark Baker" <distobj@acm.org>, "Xml-Dist-App@W3. Org" <xml-dist-app@w3.org>
To: "Mark Nottingham" <mark.nottingham@bea.com>
Message-Id: <822DC83E-82F2-11D7-B557-0003936AD1C2@earthlink.net>
Just to play devil's advocate for a minute - why could we not just 
submit an I-D to change text/xml to carry one (or two) extra parameters 
- 'dialect' and 'localname'. Is there any particular advantage to 
creating a new header over adding parameters to that media type?

- JohnK

On Friday, May 9, 2003, at 20:21 US/Eastern, Mark Nottingham wrote:

> I think the next step is to put together an Internet-Draft (since it's
> HTTP-related, the IETF is the most appropriate venue), and begin
> discussion at both the W3C (TAG?) and in the IETF (http-wg list,
> probably).
> One important question that's bound to come up is whether to enable 
> this
> for just XML languages, or all formats; i.e., whether it's desirable to
> come up with a URI-based typing system for the Web. My inclination is 
> to
> limit it to XML; although the registration process for media types can 
> be
> onerous (and there are signs that it's improving, BTW), it does serve a
> purpose. I don't think the community would be served well by an 
> explosion
> of formats if there weren't a common thread (such as XML) that runs
> through them.
> Another issue is that which Don brings up; how to identify a specific
> format. My inclination is to only use a URI, as URIs are first-class
> identifiers on the Web, and anything worth identifying should have a 
> URI.
> That having been said, there's no regular way to turn a QName into a 
> [1], which I think is what Don wants to do. So, in the meantime, we 
> could
> do something like
>  XML-Dialect: "http://example.com/foo.xsd"; localname="Bar"
> making the localname parameter optional, so that we can drop it once 
> the
> QName mapping issue is solved to everyone's satisfaction.
> This also has bearing on TAG issue 9 [2], and should be considered in 
> that
> context.
> I'll endeavor to put together a first draft and circulate it ASAP.
> Cheers,
> 1. http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/ilist#rdfmsQnameUriMapping-6
> 2. http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/ilist#uriMediaType-9
John Kemp / john.kemp@earthlink.net
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