Re: [apps-discuss] font/*

"Murray S. Kucherawy" <msk@cloudmark.com> Tue, 08 November 2011 19:22 UTC

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> -----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.