Plug and Play XML

MURATA Makoto murata at
Sat Dec 20 15:15:04 GMT 1997

Rick Jelliffe writes:
>When is each appropriate?  I think the idea is to use text/xml in the 
>normal case, and application/xml as a fallback

I believe that this is the idea of the XML WG and also the idea of W3C.  
However, it is still not cleary presented in the XML PR.

Rick Jelliffe writes:
>I think I first suggested it, but it certainly was not my preferred 
>option: I would prefer everything to be application/xml, because I do
>not like the idea of dumb HTTP/MIME systems fiddling and transcoding data,
>which they may do for text/xml. Application/xml is a binary transmission;
>no bits are molested en route.

You might want to try this once again in the XML SIG.  If everybody agrees 
on this, I am more than happy to agree.  But I do not want to have 
both text/xml and application/xml for HTTP, as this is likely to confuse 
people.  Is it possible to persuade people *not* to use text/xml?

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