application/rdf+xml Media Type Registration
RFC 3870

Document Type RFC - Informational (September 2004; No errata)
Was draft-swartz-rdfcore-rdfxml-mediatype (individual in app area)
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Network Working Group                                          A. Swartz
Request for Comments: 3870                                   AaronSw.com
Category: Informational                                   September 2004

              application/rdf+xml Media Type Registration

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2004).

Abstract

   This document describes a media type (application/rdf+xml) for use
   with the Extensible Markup Language (XML) serialization of the
   Resource Description Framework (RDF).  RDF is a language designed to
   support the Semantic Web, by facilitating resource description and
   data exchange on the Web.  RDF provides common structures that can be
   used for interoperable data exchange and follows the World Wide Web
   Consortium (W3C) design principles of interoperability, evolution,
   and decentralization.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
   2.  application/rdf+xml Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
   3.  Fragment Identifiers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   4.  Historical Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   5.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   6.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   7.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   8.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       8.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       8.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   9.  Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   10. Full Copyright Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8

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1. Introduction

   RDF is a language designed to support the Semantic Web, by
   facilitating resource description and data exchange on the Web.  RDF
   provides common structures that can be used for interoperable data
   exchange and follows the W3C design principles of interoperability,
   evolution, and decentralization.

   While the RDF data model [2] can be serialized in many ways, the W3C
   has defined the RDF/XML syntax [1] to allow RDF to be serialized in
   an XML format.  The application/rdf+xml media type allows RDF
   consumers to identify RDF/XML documents so that they can be processed
   properly.

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in BCP 14, RFC 2119 [6].

2. application/rdf+xml Registration

   This is a media type registration as defined in RFC 2048,
   "Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) Part Four: Registration
   Procedures" [5].

      MIME media type name: application

      MIME subtype name: rdf+xml

      Required parameters: none

      Optional parameters: charset

         Same as charset parameter of application/xml, defined in RFC
         3023 [4].

      Encoding considerations:

         Same as charset parameter of application/xml, defined in RFC
         3023 [4].

      Security considerations:

         See "Security Considerations" (Section 6).

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      Interoperability considerations:

         It is RECOMMENDED that RDF documents follow the newer RDF/XML
         Syntax Grammar [1] as opposed to the older RDF Model and Syntax
         specification [7].

         RDF is intended to allow common information to be exchanged
         between disparate applications.  A basis for building common
         understanding is provided by a formal semantics [3], and
         applications that use RDF should do so in ways that are
         consistent with this.

      Published specification:

         see RDF/XML Syntax Grammar [1] and RDF: Concepts and Abstract
         Syntax [2] and the older RDF Model and Syntax [7]

      Applications which use this media type:

         RDF is device-, platform-, and vendor-neutral and is supported
         by a range of Web user agents and authoring tools.

      Additional information:

         Magic number(s): none
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