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[Bug 6684] New: Disregard of RFC 4329 and IANA MIME Media Types

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Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 11:45:44 +0000
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-6684-2495@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=6684

           Summary: Disregard of RFC 4329 and IANA MIME Media Types
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
               URL: http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#scripting-1
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Spec bugs
        AssignedTo: dave.null@w3.org
        ReportedBy: sierkb@gmx.de
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: ian@hixie.ch, mike@w3.org, public-html@w3.org


RFC 4329 http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc4329.txt does exist since April 2006. It is
about "Scripting Media Types" and mandates the mimetypes
"application/javascript" and "application/ecmascript" in favour to the as
"obsolete" labeled "text/*" mimetypes as well as the text/x-* and
application/x-* mimetypes.
See also IANA Text Media Types
http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/text/ and IANA Application Media
Types http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/application/ .

Nevertheless, (X)HTML5 seems to completely disregard this particular RFC 4329,
when it comes to scripting media types and still favours and promotes the use
of "text/javascript", although RFC 4329 mandates/recommends NOT to do so. Is
there any good reason to just ignore that particular RFC and IANA's assign? Why
does HTML5 ignore it, whereas relevant software vendors like Mozilla/Firefox,
Apple/WebKit/Safari, Opera, Apache/HTTP server don't?

As far as I know, all major browser vendors (except Microsoft) have adjusted
their browser software to match this RFC 4329 and to comply with IANA. Even
Apache.org has adjusted its HTTP server's mime.types file to match RFC 4329 and
IANA. Why not (X)HTML5 either? What are the reasons? Is there actually a cogent
reason NOT to follow RFC 4329 and IANA?


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