Re: [apps-discuss] font/*

Nathaniel Borenstein <nsb@guppylake.com> Sun, 13 November 2011 18:06 UTC

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On Nov 12, 2011, at 3:14 AM, Graham Klyne wrote:

> Interestingly, model/* has been mentioned in discussion as an example.  With increasing use of personal 3D printing (cf. http://reprap.organd spinout projects), I think it's a top-level type who's time is coming.  (I've even wondered about an update for RFC 1437...)

IANA already has 14 subtypes of model registered, so it's time may already be here.  But as one of the authors I agree that RFC 1437 is getting a bit long in the tooth.  (There are now so many better examples than Dan Quayle!)  Perhaps I can get a revision together over the next, I don't know, 4 1/2 months....

> Of course, it all hinges on why we have top-level types at all.  From, a purely taxonomical perspective, I think a strictly 2-level hierarchy is always going to call for some arbitrary choices.

Absolutely.  I always viewed it as a pragmatic compromise between a flat namespace and an unbounded tree.  There were good reasons not to want either of those, while everyone seemed able to live with the two-level system, albeit while endlessly bickering over the details. -- Nathaniel