Joint Proposal: Request an RSS MIME Type
- This is an official proposal made by Rogers Cadenhead and seconded by
Greg Smith. We'll have seven days of discussion on the proposal
followed by seven days in which members can vote on it.
This proposal is being made jointly by Jon Hanna and Bill Kearney of
the RSS-DEV Working Group  and Rogers Cadenhead and Greg Smith of
the RSS Advisory Board .
One of the most reliable ways for software to distinguish different
kinds of files on the Internet is through a MIME media type , an
identifier that's part of the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
Web servers return a Content-Type header that identifies the kind of
file being returned, such as "text/html" for an HTML page, "image/gif"
for a GIF graphics file, and "application/atom+xml" for Atom
RSS documents lack an an official media type.
If a media type was defined for RSS, when a user opened an RSS feed in
a web browser, the browser could open the document with the user's
preferred software -- just as browsers crank up an MP3 player when a
link to an MP3 is clicked.
Media types must be requested from the Internet Assigned Numbers
Authority with a formal application that chooses the desired type,
explains the nature of the content, and describes why the type is needed.
Hanna, Kearney, Smith and I have prepared an application to request
"application/rss+xml" as the official media type for RSS documents:
We propose that the RSS-Dev Working Group and RSS Advisory Board
request "application/rss+xml" as the desired media type for RSS
documents and encourage its use for all versions of RSS, whether they
use the RDF Site Summary specification or Really Simple Syndication