MIME types and file extensions for XML (was XSchema Question 5)
SimonStL at classic.msn.com
Sun Jun 7 15:52:01 BST 1998
I remember that earlier on the list, there was a discussion of MIME types and
XML, and I think the general consensus was that XML should use
"application/xml" and not "text/xml".
That's fine, except that I also remember a discussion about file extensions,
where someone was complaining about the use of .xml as a file extension.
(Maybe this was on XML-L; I can't find it in any case.) .xml, they argued, was
way too generic and didn't really tell an application about how it should
process the file it was going to get. Imagine thousands of XML files for all
kinds of different applications lounging in a file system with no way to tell
which goes where...
As I'm pondering the top-level XSchema element, it's occurred to me that it
might be useful to provide MIME type information and recommended file
extensions for documents that use this XSchema, as well as the version
information I currently plan on providing.
Is there any discussion, a NOTE or something, that I can reference for
guidelines on XML MIME types and/or file extensions?
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