Re: [apps-discuss] font/*

Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org> Tue, 08 November 2011 20:58 UTC

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On 08/11/2011 19:22, Murray S. Kucherawy wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: apps-discuss-bounces@ietf.org [mailto:apps-discuss-bounces@ietf.org] On Behalf Of Graham Klyne
>> Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2011 12:28 AM
>> To: Peter Saint-Andre
>> Cc: apps-discuss@ietf.org
>> Subject: Re: [apps-discuss] font/*
>>
>> My understanding (or impression over the years) was that the top-level MIME type
>> was a kind of high-level dispatch indicator to a device capable of rendering or
>> otherwise presenting the broad kind of content, with application/* serving for
>> types that needed further processing before they might meaningfully be
>> considered for presentation
>>
>> If I receive a font/* file, what might I do with it that is different from any
>> other application/* type of file?
>
> I think by your definition, a font doesn't by itself get presented; it gets installed, and then used by other things as input to the presentation process.  A font needs to be loaded or stored or something before a text/* part can make use of it, for example.

Quite.  I think that puts it in the same category as, say, application/pkix-cert.

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