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From "Roy T. Fielding" <field...@kiwi.ics.uci.edu>
Subject Re: [PATCH] mime.types update
Date Fri, 25 Sep 1998 05:12:18 GMT
>Marc (I think) raised an objection to a bunch of MIME types listed
>without extensions. But, mime.types already has empty entries, so it
>should either be kept up to date with the current MIME types, or
>the empty entries should be pruned.

I'd be curious to know what the impact on server startup performance
would be with the full list.  But not too curious.  How about if we
distribute a common_mime_types.txt file, complete with comments saying
where to find the IANA registry, and then trim the mime.types file?

>Thoughts? Is there a single source to get registered extensions for
>MIME types without hunting through hundreds of RFCs, etc.?

They added extensions as part of the new registry template.  However,
it is dangerous to assume that an extension is wanted: many people use
weird extensions for text/plain files.  Also, two-letter extensions are
easily confused with language tags.

....Roy

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