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- From: "Simon St.Laurent" <email@example.com>
- To: XML-Dev Mailing list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 13:08:43 -0500
I'm pondering the fairly thorny issue of MIME types and XML, and I'm really
wondering if the approach of RFC 2376 is a good idea. Apart from dealing
with an enormous number of possible complications regarding character sets,
RFC 2376 (available at ftp://ftp.isi.edu/in-notes/rfc2376.txt) defines the
text/xml and application/xml media types.
I'm concerned that treating XML as a subtype isn't really appropriate to
the nature of XML. XML isn't a subtype of text or application - it's
really a type on which other applications can be built. Perhaps if media
types had three levels - type/subtype/furthersubtype - text/xml and
application/xml might make more sense to me.
Which makes more sense?
application/xml + sorting out DOCTYPE
xml/cml, xml/mathml, xml/xmi
I don't expect the IETF to change this anytime soon, but it does seem like
something that could stand improvement. XML isn't really a text format -
Tim Bray used to say, it's a replacement for ASCII. I'm inclined to agree
with him here, and think that maybe XML deserves to be placed on the same
footing as ASCII, not underneath it.
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