Chris Lilley wrote:
On Friday, May 18, 2007, 5:27:52 PM, Dave wrote:
(I'm snipping the parts already covered by Martin)
DS> Is a ZIP compressed XML file servable under a +xml MIME type?
DS> "encoding='zipped Shift_JIS'"?
I suspect you mean gzip, which is a compression method; zip is an archive
format (often compressed internally).
If you started with foo.xml in Shift_JIS, the encoding declaration would say
just that. If you then make foo.xml.gz the encoding declaration (when
decompressed) says exactly the same thing. The fact that is been gzipped is
conveyed out of band, in the http headers:
There is scope for confusion, since XML uses 'encoding' for 'character
encoding' (although that's a big advance on calling it 'charset'). HTTP uses
content-encoding. The two uses of the concept 'encoding' occur at different
levels in the stack.
In consequence, using gzip content-encoding is compatible with +xml media
For clarification: this would be the case only when a suitable MIME
content-transfer-encoding header is applied, n'est pas? Otherwise such added
encoding/decoding could be applied lower in the stack and not visible at the
level of the MIME object.