Media types for RDF languages N3 and Turtle
garret at globalmentor.com
Mon Dec 31 03:10:08 CET 2007
Just to make the picture a bit darker, I've realized that RFC 2616 for
HTTP 1.1 is relevant.
The good news: RFC 2616 section 3.7.1 says that, if text/* types are
sent across HTTP, the CRLF requirement is relaxed and bare CRs and LFs
are allowed. Good--that's what we wanted to do, anyway.
The bad news: The same section says that if a text/* type is sent across
HTTP with no charset parameter, it defaults to ISO-8859-1. This is nasty
stuff, which is in part probably why application/xhtml+xml was chosen
over text/xhtml+xml, the latter of which would *always* require a
This is really heartbreaking. The same concerns appear: are we really
going to build our future on ISO-8859-1 defaults? Soon no one is going
to be shipping ISO-8859-1 text across the wire---and of what use will be
the RFC 2616 default?
Whatever we choose here, I'm sure that Firefox and IE will implement it
Garret Wilson wrote:
> Sean B. Palmer wrote:
>> Perhaps, as Dan Connolly suggested on IRC, some civil disobedience of
>> RFC 2046 is called for here--as long as we're sure that this won't
>> cause any security or interoperability problems that would make it not
>> worth the effort.
> I would wholeheartedly be in favor of that course, as long as we:
> * thoroughly document what we're doing, explaining why we're doing it;
> * publicize what we're doing; and
> * encourage others to follow suit.
> I don't think waiting for an RFC 2046 replacement would be productive,
> but I also don't think it's helpful if we do this in some dark,
> obscure corner. Let's do the Right Thing, yet try to get everyone to
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