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   RE: MIME types and file extensions for XML

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  • From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 09:52:32

At 17:46 08/06/98 +1000, Rick Jelliffe wrote:
>You can also apply to the IETF and get  your own
>registration tree. So Microsoft, for example,
>could apply for "ms": then they could have
>"appplication/ms-rml". (But no-one has done this yet,
>so it perhaps involves too much effort to be 
>a viable alternative.)

FWIW, 2-3 years ago Henry, Ben Whitaker and I submitted a draft for MIME
types of the form:
There was a lot of discussion on the IETF list about whether this was a
Good Thing. We had some support and some dissent :-). In the event it
lapsed. However the molecular community universally uses:
to describe files of type foo. AFAIK this has not broken any software, but
maybe a time will come when the s/w checks the toplevel types. The message
- which I don't suggest we elaborate on here - is that MIME is not robust
with regard to uniquifying mime types. The message is that we have to make
sure we don't repeat the mistake with namespaces - i.e. we should have
uniquifiable planetwide names.


Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
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