[whatwg] Give guidance about RFC 4281 codecs parameter

Charles Iliya Krempeaux supercanadian at gmail.com
Thu Apr 12 12:19:28 PDT 2007


This reminds me of when Lucas Gonze was arguing that MIME types (and Content
Types) were dead.


See ya

On 4/12/07, Kevin Marks <kevinmarks at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 4/11/07, Dave Singer <singer at apple.com> wrote:
> >
> > We had to settle on one type that was valid for all files, to deal
> > with the (common) case where the server was not willing to do
> > introspection to find the correct type.  We decided that "audio/"
> > promises that there isn't video, whereas "video/" indicates that
> > there may be.  It's not optimal, agreed.
> I agree that video/xxx and audio/xxx are useful distinctions. Another
> point is that as IE ignores MIME types in favour of extensions, in
> practice we end up with multiple extensionss pointing to the same
> filetype, to give a cue for differentiation:
> .wmv vs .wma
> .m4v vs .m4a (also .m4p for DRM'd and .m4b for audiobooks, no?)
> That these distinctions keep being made, despite neutral formats with
> extensions like .mov, .avi, .mp4 and .ogg implies that there is some
> utility there.

    Charles Iliya Krempeaux, B.Sc.

    charles @ reptile.ca
    supercanadian @ gmail.com

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