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   Re: Toward the self-describing web

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  • From: "Stephen T. Mohr" <smohr@voicenet.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 11:28:25 -0400

The problem is that different consumers require different representations,
and simply supplying a URL doesn't address this.  Is anyone interested in
discussing a simple protocol for managing different representations over an
HTTP-based URL?

Just off the top of my head, I'm thinking something on the order of posting
a desired MIME type and receiving the appropriate document.  Thus, my
application might request a schema, but when I can't get it to work I'd use
my dev environment to request the HTML documentation.  Or perhaps the URL
returns a list of supported representations and their individual URLs.

In the absence of a common understanding, we'll be doomed to struggling with
ad hoc implementations.

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