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RE: [nsMediaType-3] Principles and corner cases

From: Bill de hÓra <bdehora@interx.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 14:33:19 -0000
To: <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000001c1ad88$e6e3c990$887ba8c0@mitchum>

> > Tim:	
> > To do anything else leads, as far as I can see, to total chaos. The
> > supreme court will have to sit every time we need to figure out 
> > whether it is an SVG, XSLT, or Conditional document.
> I see no chaos, and no need to impose the order you seem
> inclined to impose.  The supreme court needn't figure out 
> whether documents are "SVG, XSLT, or Conditional".  Programs 
> can do their best to determine such things, or humans can do 
> their best to help them.  
> zzzzzzzzz
> Adding a file extension of ".xsl" to documents meant to be 
> XSLT and ".svg" to documents meant to be SVG is a very simple 
> way to deal with these cases and make them amenable to 
> automated processing.  (If you don't like the notion of file 
> extensions, assigning MIME Media Types will do as well, and 
> are likely driven off the extensions anyway.)

This article about how recent Mac OSes handle file types and file
meta-data (and the consequences of such) is worth reading:


Bill de hÓra
Received on Monday, 4 February 2002 09:38:33 UTC

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