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- From: John Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: XML Dev <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 03 Dec 1998 17:07:27 -0500
W. Eliot Kimber wrote:
> 1. The same effect can be provided by supertype data content notations
> (using data attributes, which XML doesn't support)
"Blast and damn [the people who kept data attributes out]!
May they all suffer from elephantiasis, locomotor ataxy,
and ingrown toenails!"
-- _Murder Must Advertise_ (somewhat repurposed)
> 2. having only two levels of typing seems either insufficient or
> unnecessarily limiting.
Not so. MIME types may have more than two levels, but must have
at least two, and the requirement for creating a new top-level
type is stringent.
> 3. It assumes that the resource is something for which distinctions like
> text or not-text are even relevant. It may not be, because the data type
> may be entirely abstract (like an SGML architecture or grove construction
MIME types are a syntax standard: they tell you how to interpret
an octet-stream as something or other: currently, a picture, a sound, a
character stream, a video stream, application-specific data,
a model of a physical object, a message, or an aggregate of
one or more of these things.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan firstname.lastname@example.org
You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn.
You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn.
Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)
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