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Re: reason for application/iotp-xml (was RE: Registration of MIME med ia type APPLICATION/IOTP)
(It's a bad sign when it takes more than 15 seconds to trim off the Cc:
At 01:00 PM 3/11/00 -0800, ned.freed@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
There are mechanisms in MIME to call out properties like this. Why
are we trying to embed this particular one in the name instead of
using the mechanisms that MIME provides?
Because upon examination none of them seem even remotely correct for the task
at hand. My conclusion is that if you want to do this, this is right way.
That's a big "if", particularly if you look at this application. Thank
goodness we are finally talking about a real example of something that is
formatted with XML, and are no longer postulating about "potential"
IOTP is a trading protocol. It involves talking about money and
descriptions and roles and promises. What possible value would there be to
a recipient using a non-IOTP-aware program to have that program
automatically hand the IOTP package to an XML parser? It's not like that
automatic handoff will magically cause trade to happen when it wouldn't
In the specific case of IOTP, the right thing for the receiving agent to do
when it doesn't recognize application/iotp is to write the object out to
disk and say "there is an object whose file name is <foo> waiting for you".
The sender might even give a filename hint of "foo.xml". The recipient can
then open that object up in whatever generic file opener they have.
To date, we have not seen anything formatted in XML that would be useful to
automatically hand to an XML parser. If the parser knows about the type, it
would have snagged it on receipt. All of these things would be just as
useful being handed to a text viewer where the user can see "oh, this is
XML and I have a tool that will format this nicely". (I imagine the same
thing could be done for binary blobs to make a guess if you want to pass
them through an ASN.1 dumper...)
I propose to leave the type application/iotp and to drop this discussion
until there is a request for a real-world application where thre would be
some advantage to the end user for application/foo-xml to be handed to an
XML viewer directly instead of being written to disk.
--Paul Hoffman, Director
--Internet Mail Consortium