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Re: uri, urn and info

From: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2003 20:15:23 -0400
To: Eric Hellman <eric@openly.com>
Cc: uri@w3.org
Message-ID: <20031008001523.GA25904@mercury.ccil.org>

Eric Hellman scripsit:

> What single,  stable, and widely used name should I use to refer to 
> the text/plain mime type?

I don't know about widely used, but a single and stable name is
http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/text/plain.  Because
text/plain is defined by the original RFC, dereferencing that URI
will not get you the definition, but analogues such as
and http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/image/png actually
do work.  In addition, with an appropriate base URI, you can actually
interpret text/plain as a relative URI.

> The bottom line is that the at least for this one example, the URI 
> infrastructure has failed to provide a single, stable uri for 
> text/plain in a way that people know to use it. Nowhere is there a 
> place that an authoritative source (other than Dan Connolly, who I 
> have never met) says to use a particular uri for text/plain.

Dan Connolly isn't authoritative, but IANA is, so a reference to a
stable part of the IANA site is as close to authoritative as you are
going to get in this space.

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