Re: Media types

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From: "Noah Mendelsohn" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2002 8:42 AM
Subject: RE: Media types

> Ironically, a primary counterexample to the proposition that the root
> element namespace determines the "type" of a document is SOAP itself.  If
> send a purchase order wrapped in a SOAP envelope, is it most useful to
> consider this as "a SOAP document that by the way contains a purchase
> order" or as "a purchase order that happens to be wrapped in a SOAP
> envelope"?   I would argue that there are many cases in which the latter
> represents a more useful view than the former, though both are valid in
> principle.  Consider a message queuing system that receives different
> of requests, including purchase orders, through a variety of protocols,
> of which is SOAP.  In such a system, it may be as useful to type the
> document as a purchase order rather than as a SOAP message.
> Perhaps the most useful labeling would be as "a SOAP purchase order". In
> other words, a label that potentially draws on a range of information
> salted through the document to determine its nature.  Unfortunately, the
> current system of MIME types probably does not scale to this sort of
> usage---URI names would be a better base on which to build.  That being
> case, I don't think we should go too far in limiting the mime types that
> can be applied to a SOAP message.  It may indeed be appropriate to choose
> type such as xml+soap or whatever as a standard to promote
> in the case where "xmlness" and "soapness" is the most useful thing to
> convey in the MIME type.
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