Network Working Group T. Taylor
Request for Comments: 4735 Nortel
Category: Standards Track October 2006
Example Media Types for Use in Documentation
Status of This Memo
This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2006).
This document is registration for the 'example' media type and
'example' subtypes within the standards tree. The 'example/*' and
'*/example' media types are defined for documentation purposes only.
From time to time, documents created by the IETF or by other
standards bodies show examples involving the use of media types,
where the actual media type is not relevant. It would be useful in
such cases to be able to show a media type whose illustrative role in
the example is clear. In the worst case, this can be useful to debug
implementations where the designer mistook the example for a
requirement of the protocol concerned.
To meet this need, this document registers the following media types:
o the 'example' media type;
o the 'application/example', 'audio/example', 'image/example',
'message/example', 'model/example', 'multipart/example',
'text/example', and 'video/example' media subtypes.
It is suggested that compilers of illustrative examples involving
media types in trees other than the standards tree might also
incorporate the string "example" into their hypothetical media types.
Taylor Standards Track [Page 1]RFC 4735 Example Media Types October 20062. Terminology
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 [RFC2119].
3. Registration of the 'example' Media Type
This section registers the 'example' media type in accordance with
the requirements of RFC 4288.
Type name: example.
Subtype name: any subtype may be used with the 'example' type.
However, IANA MUST NOT register any subtypes for the 'example' media
Required parameters: as invented by the user.
Optional parameters: as invented by the user.
Encoding considerations: as invented by the user.
Security considerations: The 'example' media type is defined for use
in documentation only. It MUST NOT be implemented. Its appearance
in real code could lead to unpredictable results and therefore open
up security holes.
Interoperability considerations: Any attempt to negotiate or send the
'example' media type is bound to lead to interoperability problems.
Published specification: this document.
Applications that use this media type: as invented by the user.
Magic number(s): not applicable.
File extension(s): not applicable.
Macintosh file type code(s): not applicable.
Person & email address to contact for further information:
Intended usage: LIMITED USE.
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Restrictions on usage: This type is intended only for use in
documents providing examples involving specification of some media
type, where the actual media type used is irrelevant.
Author: Internet Engineering Task Force
Change controller: Internet Engineering Task Force
4. Registration of the 'application/example', 'audio/example',
'image/example', 'message/example', 'model/example',
'multipart/example', 'text/example', and 'video/example' Subtypes
This section registers 'example' media subtypes in accordance with
the requirements of RFC 4288.
Type name: 'application', 'audio', 'image', 'message', 'model',
'multipart', 'text', and 'video'.