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   Re: XML as a top-level media type (was Re: Fw: XHTML 1.0 returned to HTM

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: xml-dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 04 Nov 1999 16:41:57 -0500

At 06:10 PM 11/4/99 +0100, Matthew Gertner wrote:
>I am curious to know whether the idea of using "xml" as the top-level
>media type, rather than the subtype, has occurred to anyone. This seems
>apt to me because XML applications are going to need both the
>information that a given media type is XML and information about the
>precise schema that the media type conforms to. This is, I suspect, why
>neither the "text/xml" or "text/xhtml" variants seem entirely
>satisfactory. In my opinion "xml/xhtml" (and the precedent thus set)
>would solve all these problems and enable applications to work with XML
>documents both generically and in a way specific to a given schema. On
>the other hand, I have no idea what the implications of creating an
>entirely new top-level media type are.

This has been hashed out on ietf-xml-mime - see the archives at

Some key threads:
Re: Perhaps we need an XML registration tree (was Re: Parameters for
top-level XML media types?)
RE: Top-level media type xml desirable? (WAS: RE: Parameters for top-level
XML media types?)
Re: Parameters for top-level XML media types?

I took a whack at a suffix solution - see the Modest Proposal thread.

That suffix solution is in the current Internet Draft - comments are
welcome on the ietf-xml-mime list.  (The draft is at

Simon St.Laurent
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