Definition of a IANA media type token

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.



Hugo Haas - W3C -

Received on Thursday, 18 August 2005 17:12:12 UTC