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RDDL and MIME types
- From: "Simon St.Laurent" <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 09:47:56 -0500
After pondering RDDL and data types yesterday, I'm now pondering RDDL and
Namespace URIs are identifiers used inside of documents, but it seems
reasonable that they could become identifiers used earlier in the content
negotiation process, much as MIME types are today. Putting RDDL documents
at the ends of those URIs would give software and human users a chance to
make a more informed choice about what information they'd be receiving and
how to process it.
It also struck me that RDDL could be used to describe non-XML formats just
as easily as XML, making it a plausible replacement (not that it will
happen in my lifetime) for the MIME type registration process and the RFCs
which describe MIME types.
Maybe I've just thought too hard, but this seems like a reasonable path
forward for supporting the ever-growing number of XML document types in an
unconstrained but useful fashion.
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