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Re: Content Types

1991-08-27 21:30:18
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please review the past messages on this group to find out why there is an
express limit on the number of types.

The purpose of the type is to give the most general description of what the
contents are.  By intent it is an extremely limited set, so that the complete
set can be itemized in a single document and all implementations everywhere
can be expected to know about all of them.  If anything is to be done to the
set of types, it should be to further reduce their number, not add more.
[Obvious: fold TEXT-PLUS into TEXT, fold IMAGE, AUDIO, VIDEO into BINARY.]

The current nine is a result of a lot of compromising on the part of a number
of people, and changing them now (adding or removing) would create show-
stoppers among people who formerly were in agreement.

This expressly excludes POSTSCRIPT, INTERLEAF, and even PEM.

Why is it, just as we finally crush one resurgence of an old bad idea from a
newcomer, that we get another one???  Conspiracy theorists would have a field

Vincent, I know you didn't realize what you stepped into, but please, for
everyone's sake, review the past 6 months' worth of IETF-822 messages before
you dive in and get lots of people teed off at you.  Thanks!!

-- Mark --

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