MIME namespace...

Gabe Beged-Dov begeddov at jfinity.com
Wed Dec 9 16:30:26 GMT 1998

In looking back through the xml-dev archives I see alot of threads that have
touched on the area of using MIME like tags/attributes for handling binary
content. Most of the discussion was relative to inlining binary content
rather than linking.

One distinction between most of these threads and this one was that I
propose that we use the mime nomenclature and semantics as directly as
possible (via the mime namespace) rather than mimicing them in xml via
things like xml:content-type and xml:packing.

The two mime names that are needed for inline binary entities are
"mime:Content-type" and "mime:Content-transfer-encoding". The latter can
only use the "base64" encoding for binary data as "7bit" and "8bit" clash
with XML.

If we can agree on a URI for the mime namespace, we could potentially start
merrily transferring binary content inline in our XML documents. OK, so I'm
a naive wild-eyed optimist :-).


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