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Re: RDDL and MIME types
- From: Jonathan Borden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "Simon St.Laurent" <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 14:31:42 -0500
Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> After pondering RDDL and data types yesterday, I'm now pondering RDDL and
> MIME types.
> 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.
Right. Whether the RDDL indirection happens on the client or server is a
matter of software and protocols. It would be straightforward to use the
HTTP extension framework and pass HTTP client headers (either/and)
From which server side code could extract the matching resource from a RDDL
document and return that resource in the HTTP response.
> 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.
Now that text/xml and application/xml are defined, we can define document
types by (for example) the namespace URI of the root element (RDDL Nature)