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URIs for media-types

From: Joseph Reagle <reagle@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 18:11:25 -0500
Message-Id: <200201232311.SAA14919@tux.w3.org>
To: xml-encryption@w3.org

I've done some agitation on the media-type URI issue in the new W3C TAG 
(Technical Architecture Group) and W3C/IETF coordination list and a few 
things [1] are clear:

1. Folks in the IETF continue to be allergic to the idea of an institution 
being able to persistently maintain a URL, as is my preference and a 
concept more common in W3C culture.<smile/>
2. My requirement that someone, anyone (IETF, IESG, IANA), create URIs for 
these types (be it Don's new URI scheme or anything else) is not likely to 
be satisfied anytime soon.
3. So we should return to a MimeType attribute I suppose. In discussing 
this with Martin, I suppose we would have one more variant to support:
A. We can have a MimeType and Encoding attribute, just like xmldsig.
B. We can have a MimeType attribute only and any parameters (including 
charset and others) are encoded within that string. For example,
<... MimeType="text/html;charset=ISO-8859-1&level=2">

What do folks prefer?

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2002Jan/0131.html


Joseph Reagle Jr.                 http://www.w3.org/People/Reagle/
W3C Policy Analyst                mailto:reagle@w3.org
IETF/W3C XML-Signature Co-Chair   http://www.w3.org/Signature/
W3C XML Encryption Chair          http://www.w3.org/Encryption/2001/
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