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   Re: [xml-dev] file extensions best practice

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biggest downside from my point of view - and general bugbear - is that
explorer honours filenames in preference to mime types so you'll be on
your own if you don't use things explorer understands.

this may not matter to you because you don't use explorer to identify
and play with things, but if you do...


On Tue, 2003-09-02 at 20:50, Christian Nentwich wrote:
> All,
> I'm hoping to peruse some of your experience on this one. I'm
> currently evaluating the pros and cons of having product-specific file
> extensions instead of .xml. The pros seem obvious:
> - Distinguish the different files (our product has 3 or 4 file types)
> at a glance
> - The standard GUI file dialogs can filter without doing anything
> intelligent like parsing the headers of the file
> The cons (?):
> - The files are not recognisable as XML files anymore and the standard
> XML editors won't list them
> - Web servers won't generate the correct headers unless reconfigured
> - The space for 3 digit file prefixes is small, and ours would look
> like .x?? which make sthe space even smaller
> Is there anything I'm missing? What are people's opinions on this?
> Christian
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