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Re: Classifying files as binary or text

From: B. Smith-Mannschott <bsmith.occs_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2009 14:57:55 +0100

On Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 02:10, Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 08:30:53AM +0100, B. Smith-Mannschott wrote:
>> We've got lots of XML files in our repository. Some of them make sense
>> to merge (Maven's pom.xml) and some do not (UML models stored in XMI
>> format).
>
> Should those two types of files have the same MIME type? If so,
> certainly you have that problem, but I suspect they should not. If you
> choose to label them both as plain XML (text/xml? can't remember), then
> I think it is fair that tools should handle them in the same way.

Julian, the fragment you replied to was incomplete. The original continued thus:

>> Currently, I use the hack of declaring the human-editable XML's to be
>> text/xml, and the others as application/xml.
>>
>> I'd much rather use the
>> more canonical application/xml, considering that we serve our
>> repository over https.
>>
>> It would be idiotic to have to specify
>> 'charset' in this case because XML *already carries it's charset
>> internally*. I don't like to repeat myself while programming; that
>> just breeds contradictions.

// ben

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