Excerpts from ext.ietf-822: 29-Oct-93 Re: Query on a nit: Applic.. Tim
If MIME puts HTML under
"application" but "enriched" under "text", then the initial
part of the type has become meaningless.
We went through all this on the MIME list almost two years ago. The
conclusion was that the initial part of the type is indeed meaningless.
The only interesting thing to do with MIME types is to treat each
<primary-type>/<secondary-type> pair as a single specific type.