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RE: text/xhtml+xml vs. application/xhtml+xml

> I think the general consensus of the MIME community is that making HTML
> a subtype of "text/" was a mistake.  While it is possible to write HTML 
> which is readable "to some extent" as plain text, the HTML that is 
> generated by a typical MUA or HTML editor is so full of useless cruft
> that it doesn't qualify.  Perhaps a determined human being can read the 
> text "to some extent" but the typical human gives up.

Well, these tools would be far better off using application/html in my
mind (for many, even application/html is too kind).

> So IMHO we should learn from this experience and make XHTML and other
> XML-ish things subtypes of application/.

I disagree. We should have both application/ and text/ depending on 
the intent. For example, I believe the following would correctly be
text/xml while and SVG image would be better application/svg+xml.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xml" href="/stylesheets/article.xsl"?>
<title>Patently Ridiculous Patents</title>
  <img src="/images/dogbert.gif" alt="Dogbert at the patent office">
    <caption>Dogbert at the patent office</caption>
<p>Patently Ridiculous Patents - There has been a literal explosion of
internet related patent recently. Many of these patents are trivial,
but still the cost of defineding against them will have an impact on
companies worldwide.</p>
<p>Some examples: 
  <li>Information Architects now has a patent on dynamic composition for
  <li>Sunil Paul got a patent (6,052,709) for email spam filtering.</li>
  <li>Shmuel Shaffer, William Beyda and Paul Bonomo, received patent
      6,092,114 for filtering attachments to make the easily viewable
      on the target system.</li>
  <li>Dan Kikinis, of Saratoga, Calif., won a patent (6,085,232) for
      the DataLink Systems Corporation in San Diego for a paging
      system embedded in a computer keyboard.</li>
  <li>Sanjay Agraharam, Lee Begeja, Carroll Creswell, Ram Ramamurthy
      and Sandeep Sibal received patent 6,085,231 for a combined voice
      and e-mail system that allows subscribers to get both just by
      looking in their e-mail box. The system converts voice mail into
      e-mail. The system then converts the voice message into text or
      a .wav file, formats either one as an e-mail and sends it to the
<p>Makes one wonder where it's all going to stop...</p>