NOTATION/MIME (was Re: Recent XML WG decisions)
In message <199709130538.WAA07282@b...> Jon.Bosak@e... (Jon Bosak) writes: [... decision of XML-WG omitted...] > > 2. Chris Maden's suggestion that NOTATION System Identifiers > should be mime types. The WG liked the idea, but declined to > modify the spec to achieve tihs effect; among other things, > URLs and mime types are not syntactically distinguishable. It > was the feeling of the group that it would be desirable that a > new URL scheme be created to allow a URL to locate a mime type. I am not wanting to re-open this discussion/decision, but I'd be very grateful for clarification as to how a SytemID is used to identify the type of a NOTATION. If I wish to identify it as 'image/gif', how do I do this in practice? Is there a set of URLs that map onto current MIME types, or is it impossible in XML to state what the MIME type of a NOTATION is? [If so this is a pity, especially since HTTP, Java, etc. support MIME types.] If it *is* impossible, how is a URL used with a NOTATION in practice, other than simply holding a textual description relating to it. Does the last sentence mean that the XML-WG hopes to come up with such a scheme or that some other body (e.g. IETF) may/might do so? P. -- Peter Murray-Rust, domestic net connection Virtual School of Molecular Sciences http://www.vsms.nottingham.ac.uk/ xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To unsubscribe, send to majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe xml-dev List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (rzepa@i...)
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