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Re: ISSUE-4: Versioning, namespace URIs and MIME types

From: Laurens Holst <lholst@students.cs.uu.nl>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 15:02:02 +0100
Message-ID: <49A3FDDA.3040107@students.cs.uu.nl>
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
CC: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Maciej Stachowiak schreef:
> I would argue that binary formats are different from text formats. 
> Because binary formats make extensive use of magic numbers, generally 
> detection by content-sniffing is more reliable than detection via an 
> external label like a MIME type. Also, it is rarely the case that a 
> single piece of binary data could validly be interpreted according to 
> one of several formats. With text formats, one may well have a single 
> file that could be served as text/plain, text/html and 
> application/xhtml+xml with different intended processing in each case. 
> With binary formats, this just doesn't come up. 

Well, at least in my assembler days, I made several executables that 
could also be printed with ‘type’ (which would show a manual or some 
kind of message), and I wasn’t the only one doing that.


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