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Subject: @type, <keydef>, and multimedia elements

This cropped up in Chris Nitchie's review of the stage three proposal for adding multimedia elements to the base:

"@type is similarly tricky when keys are involved. TheÂ@type on a media element is explicitly a MIME type. That's not necessarily the case forÂ@type on topicref/keydef; the definition ofÂ@type there is more loosely defined. I hesitate to say we should have language about how to interpret keydefÂ@types in the context of media elements because it's going to be nightmarishly complex and anything we say will probably be incomplete. But it's something I though of. (As an implementor, I'd run any non-MIME-typeÂ@type through whatever library I was using to interpret filename extensions, but I'm not sure how to say that in Standardese.)"


Kristen James Eberlein
Chair, OASIS DITA Technical Committee
OASIS Distinguished Contributor
Principal consultant, Eberlein Consulting LLC
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