Plug and Play XML

MURATA Makoto murata at
Sat Dec 20 13:41:15 GMT 1997

Peter Murray-Rust writes:
>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

I am pleasantly surprised to see a lot more information than 
before.  I should send this URL to one of my friends (a Ph. D in 
Peter Murray-Rust writes:
>What will differentiate a text/xml document from an application/xml one?

text/* is used for text, and appliction/* is for binary data.  Thus, 
text/xml is appropriate for XML documents.  (The reason that 
application/xml is introduced is only for transmitting XML documents 
in UTF-16 or UCS-2 via e-mail.)

text/* has the charset parameter, which specifies the encoding method.  
text/* (implicitly) allows code conversion by proxy servers.  
application/* does not have the charaset parameter (if not explicitly 
defined for subtypes).  application/* (again, implicitly) disallows 
code conversion by proxy servers.

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