Re: LANG: Binary Format Final?

Joel Crisp (
Mon, 13 Mar 1995 09:06:28 +0000

> From Sat Mar 11 21:25 GMT 1995
> Date: Sat, 11 Mar 1995 14:25:14 -0700
> From: 869683 Gillespie Brandon James <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: LANG: Binary Format Final?
> < The MIME type could well be world/compressed-vrml.
> Although compressed-vrml is correct, it may also be readilly confused with
> unix compress. It is being somewhat nitpicky, but it could be a cause for
> confusion... (perhaps "world/gzipped-vrml"? or just don't bother with the
> confusion and stick to world/compressed-vrml?).
My preference would be to use compressed-vrml, as you do not want to
specify the compression mode in the MIME type. It would be amusing to
find in 2 years someone comming up with a new compression type and
having to re-define the MIME types to account for it. Given that
most compression algorithms are readily recognisable, one MIME type for
all would be the nicest. I accept that this takes us back to the
discussion of HTML acceptance, with a browser maybe being able to handle
one compression mechanism not the other, but I believe that this could ( and
should ) be handled by the language representation mechanism.

Just a thought.

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