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Re: lynx-dev Overriding mime types

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Overriding mime types
Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2002 10:40:51 +0000 (GMT)

> For a specific class of XML files with the extension .XML, Lynx could

As a general principle, XML format files should not be labelled .xml,
even locally.  Labelling them .xml tends to mean that you haven't fully
understood the generality of XML, and are confusing a low level aspect
of the format with the application purpose of the file.   There is, of
course, no harm in doing this for transient files used in the rendering

Files sourced from the web should have their filename extension ignored
(IE deliberately violates this, but also looks inside files, presumably
because it keeps customers more happy than telling them that the server
is misconfigured.)

In the specific case of SVG, part of the problem is that SVG has become
a Flash, and therefore HTML, replacement, rather than simply a vector
image format, so image/ is probably no longer appropriate.  A more 
accurate classification would be application/, although HTML tends to
be classified as text/, even though contemporary HTML doesn't read well
as text.

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