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Re: [APPS-REVIEW] Metalink XML Download Description Format (draft-bryan-

  • From: "Anthony Bryan" <anthonybryan@g...>
  • To: "Julian Reschke" <julian.reschke@g...>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 16:09:26 -0400

Re: [APPS-REVIEW] Metalink XML Download Description Format (draft-bryan-
On Wed, Sep 3, 2008 at 2:54 PM, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@g...> wrote:
> Anthony Bryan wrote:
>> ...
>>> One way out of that would by to "grab" special type names like "torrent",
>>> and hardwire them. That should be ok as long as they can't collide with
>>> registered names (thus no "/" allowed).
>> Great, thanks Julian! Thanks to the other people that mentioned this
>> as well, it seems much cleaner & tightened up now. :)
>> Do I need to explicitly state no "/" allowed, or just know any that
>> ones I'm defining can't be "/" ?
> I'd say that types without "/" are reserved, and the only reserved value for
> now is "torrent".


>> And would it be better to just allow the unofficial MIME type, instead
>> of essentially creating an unofficial registry with one or a handful
>> of entries? Or is MIME types plus hardwired entries better?
>> ...
> I think you'll see pushback once you start to make normative requirements
> related to unregistered mime types. So, you can also try to get a type
> registered, which of course would be the cleaner solution...

Understood. That would be nice if it already was registered.

I've incorporated these comments into a new draft at

There are some issues I would like help from people:

- Inclusion of digital signatures other than PGP.
- Ability to specify if a file is in one or multiple languages.
- Ability to specify if a file is for one or more operating systems.
Maybe using the IANA Operating System Names registry at
http://www.iana.org/assignments/operating-system-names , but these
seem quite outdated. Or possibly using
http://nvd.nist.gov/schema/nvdcve.xsd ?

(( Anthony Bryan ... Metalink [ http://www.metalinker.org ]
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