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Re: Media types

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2002 16:55:19 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <200201092155.QAA17443@markbaker.ca>
To: www-tag@w3.org
Cc: ietf-xml-mime@imc.org
[I should have CCd ietf-xml-mime on the initial post, but it didn't
occur to me.  Anyhow, that post can be found here;
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2002Jan/0063.html ]

Speaking for myself now,

> Q. 3; What is, or what should be, the relationship between a media type
> and an XML namespace?

One of the thoughts that I had quite a while ago (that I believe came
from something I saw from Dan Connolly), was of being able to migrate
from media types to namespaces by exposing the namespace through an
optional namespace parameter on a generic XML media type, for example
XHTML could be described with;

  application/xml; xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"

instead of with the custom type, application/xhtml+xml.

I raised this with the authors of RFC 3023 long ago, but they rejected
it.  But I believe it remains worth considering.  It seems to me to be
a nice bridge, similar to the one the XMLP WG has taken with
"relocating" SOAPAction to a parameter on the proposed SOAP media

 [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/xml-dist-app/2002Jan/0029.html

Mark Baker, Chief Science Officer, Planetfred, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.      mbaker@planetfred.com
http://www.markbaker.ca   http://www.planetfred.com
Received on Wednesday, 9 January 2002 16:54:30 UTC

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