SAX and delayed entity loading

John Cowan cowan at
Thu Dec 3 20:45:01 GMT 1998

W. Eliot Kimber scripsit:

> So in that sense, the MIME type is redundant for any data type that is
> already self describing (e.g., XML, SGML, most graphic formats, VRML,
> etc.).  Hmmm.

Almost.  The MIME type gives you *some* information about the
document even if you do not understand its type fully.  For
example, something labeled "text/xml" is known to be text,
even if your application has never heard of XML.  As such, it
has certain properties that can be relied on.

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