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   Re: Proper extension for XML files? (don't laugh!)

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 17:51:45 -0400

At 04:53 PM 5/17/00 -0400, David Megginson wrote:
>Charles Wiltgen <lists@wiltgen.net> writes:
>> (Apologies if this is so simple to be a stupid question!)
>> We're using XML in a couple ways in an application we're doing.  Is the
>> preferred convention to use .xml as the file suffix, or our own suffix
>> depending on the flavor?
>There's nothing stupid about this question (unfortunately), because
>browsers are already starting to look at XML-related extensions.  For
>example, if a file ends with .dtd, MSIE will assign it a MIME type of
>text/xml (which means that it will not display because a DTD is not,
>in itself, well-formed XML).
>If you want browsers to recognize your data as XML and try to display
>it with a stylesheet, choose .xml; if not, choose something different.

David's pretty much right, but for more details, you might want to take a
look at:

It covers file extensions along with media types - .dtd, .ent, .mod, & etc.

Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
Building XML Applications
Inside XML DTDs: Scientific and Technical
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