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Re: MIME types and content negotiation

At 02:20 PM 3/17/00 -0500, Simon St.Laurent wrote:

I don't see the 'complexity' that certain other folks here are complaining
about - in fact, I think these 4 bytes promise considerable simplification
over any multi-parameter approach, for both humans and machines.

This argument might hold if the only requirement is to (a) recognize a specific application of XML, and (b) (usually) recognize a generic XML-based file format, even when the specific application is not recognized.

I have read a lot of stuff recently that indicates the forward vision of much W3C activity is that a single XML file may contain data corresponding to many different XML applications. Once we get into this kind of territory, I think the idea of a MIME subtype suffix becomes hopelesly lost, and some kind of multiparameter approach becomes the simplest way to deal with the recognition problem.


Graham Klyne