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Definition of a IANA media type token

From: Hugo Haas <hugo@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 19:12:07 +0200
To: public-ws-desc-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <20050818171207.GI6717@w3.org>
Part 2 uses the concept of "IANA media type token"[1], but does not
define by value nor reference what it is exactly: a media type? a
media type with some parameters? As far as I can tell, or more
precisely as far as Google can tell, we are the only ones using this

We should clarify this concept.

I believe that what we mean is:

  The 'type "/" subtype' production as defined in section 5.1. Syntax
  of the Content-Type Header Field of RFC 2045 Multipurpose Internet
  Mail Extensions (MIME) Part One: Format of Internet Message Bodies.

Reading this section, the media type is not necessarily registered
with IANA, so I would suggest changing the name to "media type token".

Note that this proposal deliberately leaves out the possibility of
using parameters, which I think is fine and is what we were after.



  1. http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-wsdl20-adjuncts-20050803/#http-operation-decl-relate
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