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Re: The self-describing web...

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 04 Jan 2006 08:07:31 -0600
To: Bill de hÓra <dehora@eircom.net>
Cc: Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>, Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>, www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <1136383652.20839.297.camel@dirk.w3.org>

On Wed, 2006-01-04 at 02:59 +0000, Bill de hÓra wrote:
> Dan Connolly wrote:
> > On Tue, 2006-01-03 at 15:52 -0500, Elliotte Harold wrote:
> > [...]
> > 
> >>Bottom line: the reader of a document is ultimately responsible for 
> >>understanding the document. Different readers will understand different 
> >>things.
> > 
> > 
> > In extreme cases, yes; but mostly, they'll understand the same
> > thing; that's where the web gets its value. It facilitates
> > shared understanding by providing mechanisms to bind (relatively) small
> > symbols like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAR_Camp to interesting and
> > useful meanings.
> 
> For XML documents: isn't this why we have the application/xml+ range of
> mimetypes?

Yes, MIME types are an important part of grounding documents in the Web:

On Tue, 2006-01-03 at 15:28 -0500, Norman Walsh wrote:
[...]
> That interaction will possibly return a stream of bits and
> an identifier, such as a MIME media type, which will indicate how
> those bits are to be interpreted. Following the media type
> registration will lead to a format specification where she will learn
> how to interpret the bits and what information content is embodied in
> them.

> cheers
> Bill
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