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Re: Apple Music Store & Web Architecture

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Mon, 05 May 2003 13:36:25 -0400
To: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <87vfwpuwh2.fsf@nwalsh.com>

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/ Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org> was heard to say:
[...]
| Are people doing this because of the difficulty of setting media types
| on the server?

Part of the problem, I think, is that a new scheme looks like the
right answer until you really know what's going on. If you've got a
server, it's probably reasonably easy to tweak the media types, but
(1) sometimes you don't have a server (file:///...) and (2) sometimes
you can't key off the media type.

Ages ago, I wrote some software for the CD-ROM version of O'Reilly's
Graphic File Formats book. There wasn't a server, everything was
really just file: under the hood. At the time, I hacked searching into
the browser by adding a new scheme (gffcd:, as I recall) because that
was the only hook I had to get the browser to run my code. Chuck's
pointer[1] makes it sound like the problem with iTunes is similar.

It would be good, I think, to have a finding that directly addresses
this issue, if we don't have suitable text elsewhere already. (Let's
ignore the fact that I should know whether we have such text or not
for the moment, ok? :-)

                                        Be seeing you,
                                          norm

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2003May/0016.html

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