Plug and Play XML

Peter Murray-Rust peter at
Sat Dec 20 12:56:42 GMT 1997

At 21:10 20/12/97 +0900, MURATA Makoto wrote:
>David Megginson writes:
>>Here are two URLs that you can use to start playing:

There are a large number of non-textual XML files under:

most of them served from APPLETs, but you can get the *.xml from the HTML

>As a co-editor of an (upcoming) RFC for text/xml and application/xml, 
>I think that I should point out the correct procedure for encoding
determination.  (I have not checked these two Web sites, and 
>For those XML documents transmitted by the HTTP protocol, XML parsers 
>should use the charset parameter of the media type text/xml  (BTW, 
>the default of this parameter is 8859-1).  XML parsers should ignore
>the encoding declaration within XML documents transmitted by HTTP.  
>More about this, see the XML PR and the HTTP/1.1

Thanks for this reminder. For Chemical Markup Language Henry and I had
originally devised our own MIME type (not official) : chemical/x-cml. But,
with the likely introduction of other namespaces (e.g. RDF:*, MathML) in
CML documents, it is clear that there is no need for diversity, since the
namespaces themselves will have means of identifying the XML application.
So CML documents will be "text/xml", unless we should use "application/xml"

What will differentiate a text/xml document from an application/xml one?


Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
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VSMS, Virtual Hyperglossary

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