Re: Questions about RFCs 1494, 1495.

Paul Rarey <Paul.Rarey@systems.dhl.com> Tue, 07 June 1994 14:06 UTC

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Date: Tue, 7 Jun 1994 06:54:13 -0500
To: "Carl S. Gutekunst" <csg@hideji.worldtalk.com>, Ned Freed <NED@sigurd.innosoft.com>
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From: Paul Rarey <Paul.Rarey@systems.dhl.com>
Subject: Re: Questions about RFCs 1494, 1495.
Cc: wg-msg@rare.nl, mime-mhs@surfnet.nl, Paul Rarey <Paul.Rarey@systems.dhl.com>

At  4:19 PM 6-6-94 -0700, Carl S. Gutekunst wrote:

>Second, how do people feel about a large number of MIME headers with simple
>arguments vs. a small number of headers with compound arguments?  This is,
>something like this:
>
>        Content-Type: application/ms-excel
>        Content-Pathname: /home/csg/timecard.xlt
>        Content-Permitted-Actions: Read
>        Content-Last-Modification-Date: 6 Jun 1994 15:15:45 -0700
>        Content-Creator: MSWD
>
>vs:
>
>        Content-Type: application/ms-excel
>        Content-Disposition: attachment;
>            pathname=/home/csg/timecard.xlt;
>            permitted-actions=read;
>            last-mod-date=6 Jun 1994 15:15:45 -0700;
>            creator=MSWD
>
>For a variety of reasons (some purely selfish) I prefer the second form.  But
>I would expect other people would have other preferences.

I personally prefer the "more headers simple parameters" approach, although
there is probably a middle ground. For instance, pathname and last-mod-date
might be appropriate under Content-Description.

My view is to allow the MIME headers to be inerpreted by humans as easily
as possible.


Cheers...!

[ psr ]