Re: [apps-discuss] A modest proposal for MIME types (and URI schemes)

Nico Williams <nico@cryptonector.com> Mon, 14 November 2011 18:56 UTC

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Subject: Re: [apps-discuss] A modest proposal for MIME types (and URI schemes)
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On Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 3:21 PM, Frank Ellermann
<hmdmhdfmhdjmzdtjmzdtzktdkztdjz@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 13 November 2011 19:59, Larry Masinter wrote:
>> I find this perspective appealing
>
> In an ideal world it's not only appealing.  But in
> the real world the "secret mission" of the IETF is
> IMHO to protect the IANA from "patent nonsense".

I assume you're not referring to patents here (as in IPR).

> It cannot work if *everybody* is free to register
> new media types or URI schemes falling into various
> WP:NOT categories (= "what Wikipedia is not").
>
> And the IANA also is also not Wikipedia, it is no
> dictionary of locations, encyclopedia of emoticons,
> registry of vanity URI schemes, or anything else
> requiring unlimited disk space or server bandwidth.

I think IANA can jufge frivolous requests.  If not we can require
enough review to filter out frivolous requests.

Aside from this, what is the objection to Roy's proposal?  The more I
think about it, the more I think it's on the money.

Nico
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