MIME and the Web

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (individual in app area)
Author Larry Masinter 
Last updated 2015-10-14 (latest revision 2011-01-10)
Stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Intended RFC status Informational
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This document describes some of the ways in which parts of the MIME system, originally designed for electronic mail, have been used in the Web, and some of the ways in which those uses have resulted in difficulties. Given this background and justification, this document then goes on to outline requirements for changes to MIME registries and practices for their use within W3C and IETF, in order to address those difficulties. Within IETF, it is expected that a companion Best Current Practice document will make specific changes to the Internet Media Types and Charset registries, among others.


Larry Masinter (masinter@adobe.com)

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