Re: [apps-discuss] Encouraging third party registrations

Alexey Melnikov <> Tue, 15 November 2011 02:13 UTC

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Subject: Re: [apps-discuss] Encouraging third party registrations
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Hi Martin,

On 15/11/2011 01:43, "Martin J. Dürst" wrote:
> Hello Ned, others,
> On 2011/11/15 4:33, Ned Freed wrote:
>>> > ENCOURAGE the public to register any names that they have seen in
>>> > deployed software. (same for URI schemes)
>>> I think third-party registration is indeed something we should 
>>> encourage
>>> more.
>> How do you propose we do that?
> It seems that currently, people don't even know that it is possible. 
> So the first step is to make this more known. On another list, you 
> write: "We have always allowed registrations by any interested party." 
> That's apparently true, but is it done because nowhere in RFC 4288 it 
> says it's not possible? Then making it explicit in 
> draft-freed-media-type-regs should help.
+1. To be honest I didn't know that this procedure was to be expected. 
In all cases I was expecting that some representative of the 
company/organization that defined the media type should be involved in a 
registration, even if somebody else does the work to actually document it.
> For example, you could put in a section 4.12, (Non-)Requirements for 
> Contact Information, Author, and Change Controller, saying explicitly 
> that third-party registrations are welcome.
> This could also explain what in such a case contact information, 
> author, and change controller should be. I'd assume that contact 
> information goes to the submitter, but change controller stays with 
> the company or individual that created the format, but you'll know 
> better what's current practice. If I did a third-party registration, 
> this would be the place where I'd really not know which way to go.
> You can also add pointers to that new section, or just mention the 
> fact, in other places where somebody might potentially look. As an 
> example, in 
> you could say that in addition to providing comments, new 
> registrations and change requests by third parties are also possible.
> The next step would then be to put text saying "Media Types may also 
> be registered by third parties." or so on the relevant pages at IANA 
> (e.g. and 
> Regards,   Martin.
Best Regards,