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   Re: MIME types vs. DOCTYPE (was RE: ANNOUNCE: New XHTML WD)

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  • From: Ken MacLeod <ken@bitsko.slc.ut.us>
  • To: "xml mailing list" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: 24 Feb 1999 11:17:17 -0600

Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com> writes:

> At 02:49 PM 2/24/99 -0500, David Megginson wrote:
> >Jonathan Borden writes:
> >
> > > excellent. one point: there is no reason to define text/xhtml as
> > > opposed to using text/xml and inserting a DOCTYPE or perhaps a
> > > default xmlns definition. If a user-agent needs to know the
> > > DOCTYPE ... look at it!

> >The name of the root element is locally-scoped to the document itself,
> Yes, but what if it wasn't?  It just dawned on me that if you had
> *two* header parameters for text/html, one being the namespace URI of
> the root, the other being its type, that would really give you a lot
> of help in identifying what kind of thing this is.
> E.g., if the namespace URI is http://www.w3.org/html40 (or whatever
> they decide to use) and the root type is <html>, well, you know 
> pretty well what you're dealing with.

You may have meant this, but it wasn't blindingly obvious to me :-), do
you mean something like:

  Content-Type: text/html; namespace-uri="http://www.w3.org/html40"

  Content-Type: text/xml; public-id="[public-id]" root-type="[root-type]"

  Ken MacLeod

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