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Internet Media Types / MIME types for the web discussion

From: Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2010 14:32:18 -0700
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Another topic to consider:

 

http://www.mail-archive.com/whatwg@lists.whatwg.org/msg20855.html

 

The distinction between “text/*” and “application/*” mime types was
significant

for email, because in email applications, text/* types can be
transcoded and

frequently were, while application types were not.

 

This distinction may not apply as strongly to web applications, where
the kind 

of transcodings that happen are different than those that occur for
email.

 

  application/ doesn't mean the type describes an application, it
means the 

  type describes binary application data that doesn't fit other
categories.

 

This surely isn’t the intent of the distinction between text/

and application/, but perhaps this should be covered.

 

Larry 
Received on Thursday, 8 April 2010 21:32:56 UTC

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