[whatwg] Video with MIME type application/octet-stream

Adrian Sutton adrian.sutton at ephox.com
Wed Sep 1 07:51:34 PDT 2010

On 1 Sep 2010, at 15:45, Julian Reschke wrote:
>> The big problem with MIME types is that they don't stick to files very well. So, while someone might get them working when they initially use video, if they move to a different web server, or upgrade their server, or someone mirrors their video, or any of a number of other things, they might lose the proper association of files and MIME types.
>> ...
> That's true, and the reason why people still use file extensions.
> That's not super elegant, but it works.

Given that there is a very limited set of video formats that are supported anyway, wouldn't it be reasonable to just identify or define the "standard" file extensions then work with server vendors to update their standard file extension to mime type definitions to include that.  While adoption and upgrading to the new versions would obviously take time, that applies to the video tag itself anyway and is just a temporary source of pain.


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