Re: image/*, audio/*, etc.?

Tony Sanders (
Thu, 07 Oct 1993 11:31:13 -0500

>>>>> Marca wrote:
> > > So... does anyone object to image/*, etc.? (Precedent is in the
> > > mailcap RFC, btw.)
>On Oct 7, 10:17am, Nick Williams wrote:
> > version: i.e. the native usenix facesaver picture. Mosaic doesn't
> > understand this, but carries on anyway. Perhaps the link is slow as
The solution is simple. If you don't really want image/* then don't
ask for it. No one is going to force the users to do this.

> mind that I may have an external image 'viewer' that is perfectly capable of
> saving formats it doesn't understand to disk rather than just puking, so I as a

> > There. Purely from the view of a server maintainer: I put in a lot of
> > working getting our server to do conversions automatically! :-)
So have I, I still think "type/*" is a must, otherwise browsers will have
to translate image/* in the .mailcap file into every format known to man
and beast, an intractable solution.

For example: here is a piece of my .mailcap:
audio/basic; /usr/local/bin/play_au %s
audio/au; /usr/local/bin/play_au %s
audio/aiff; /usr/local/bin/play_aiff %s
audio/x-aiff; /usr/local/bin/play_aiff %s
audio/wav; /usr/local/bin/play_wav %s
audio/x-wav; /usr/local/bin/play_wav %s
audio/*; mosiac-internal-dump %s

The server should interpert this as I want one of the known formats first,
if not go ahead and send it and I'll save it to a file and I'll see what
I can do with it by hand. I can convert other formats (voc, sbdsp, etc),
I just don't have players setup for them.