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Re: [xml-dev] Text/xml with omitted charset parameter
- From: MURATA Makoto <EB2M-MRT@asahi-net.or.jp>
- To: Bjoern Hoehrmann <email@example.com>
- Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 12:09:05 +0900
>An improvement would have been to say only the XML declaration or text
>declarations in external entities matter, other information is ignored
>unless set explicitly, conforming processors most not assume anything,
>rules are defined in XML 1.0, content providers should never ever use
>text/xml for XML documents. XML improves only the situation on your
>local hard drive, XML in MIME envoirements (read: XML on the Web)
>deteriorates the situation and that's very disappointing.
No matter what we write in specifications, people will use text/xml
(even if we had not registered it). For example, at W3C, I have
argued that SOAP must use application/xml rather than text/xml, but my
comments have not been accepted yet.
What we can do is to correctly document text/xml and application/xml, and
I believe RFC 3023 has done the job. If you have any specific suggestions
for improvements of RFC 3023, please send them to the ietf-xml-mime ML.
We will eventually learn (1) when to use text/* and when to use application/*,
and (2) how to use the charset parameter. I believe that the situation is
better than three years ago.