Re: [APPS-REVIEW] Metalink XML Download Description Format (draft-bryan-
On Wed, Sep 3, 2008 at 5:17 AM, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@g...> wrote: > Anthony Bryan wrote: >> >> On Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 5:35 AM, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@g...> >> wrote: >>> >>> Dave Cridland wrote: >>>> >>>> ... >>>> 11) Section 4.2.17: Does that "type" attribute totally [expletive deleted]? Of course, >>>> you have to have it because every man, his dog, and his pet hampster has >>>> decided that only HTTP is allowed, these days, for absolutely >>>> everything, >>>> leading to a totally useless URI scheme which essentially fails to >>>> describe >>>> the actual resource it's supposedly a locator for. Okay, rant over, back >>>> to >>>> the review. >>>> ... >>> >>> "4.2.17. The "metalink:url" Element >>> >>> >>> The "metalink:url" element contains the IRI of a file. All IRIs >>> should lead to identical files, except in the case of type >>> "bittorrent" where the IRI should lead to a .torrent file." >>> >>> Actually, don't do that. Don't make the meaning of an element totally >>> dependent on an attribute on it. If torrent files are a special case (can >>> there be more...?), then define a separate element. >> >> I'm sure there COULD be more, but I don't know of any other right now. >> >> Do you suggest a torrent specific element, or something generic? > > If it could be phrased as something more generic, and then state the current > use case for torrent files, that probably would be best. > > So, in general, this would be for IRIs that do not identify a resource to > download, but metadata about a resource to download? Strictly speaking, > isn't metalink not yet another format for that? Yes, it is. Do you think about a "metadata" element (a sub-element of "resources")with a required "type" attribute of MIME type is appropriately generic? This could then be used to describe Metalinks if needed, and other types that may come later. I don't think BitTorrent's MIME type is in the is listed in the IANA MIME Media Types. Would this be a problem? <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <metalink xmlns="http://www.metalinker.org"> <files> <file name="example.ext"> <resources> <url>ftp://ftp.example.com/example.ext</url> <url>http://example.com/example.ext</url> <metadata type="application/x-bittorrent">http://example.com/example.ext.torrent </metadata> </resources> </file> </files> </metalink> -- (( Anthony Bryan ... Metalink [ http://www.metalinker.org ] )) Easier, More Reliable, Self Healing Downloads
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