Subject: IANA MIME Type change process
Don’t recall if this was already looked into/documented… I checked RFC 4288 (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc4288.txt) which discusses media type registrations. Section 9 talks about the change process (attached below).
It appears that we can make a change if we consider it to be a “serious” error, so we’d need to provide that justification.
Note that it also appears that the “owner” for this MIME type is the SSTC as opposed to a specific individual. So as long as the change request is submitted by someone in the SSTC, we should be okay (i.e. we don’t have to recruit Jeff H to submit the change). I base this on information I found at the following links:
List of all media types: http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/application/
Our submission for samlmetadata: http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types/application/samlmetadata+xml
The “contact” link for the submission: http://www.iana.org/assignments/contact-people.html#OASIS%20Security%20Services%20Technical%20Committee%20%28SSTC%29
So to make the change request, it looks like we simply need to use the normal submission process via: http://www.iana.org/cgi-bin/mediatypes.pl
9. Change Procedures
Once a media type has been published by the IANA, the owner may
request a change to its definition. The descriptions of the
different registration trees above designate the "owners" of each
type of registration. The same procedure that would be appropriate
for the original registration request is used to process a change
Changes should be requested only when there are serious omissions or
errors in the published specification. When review is required, a
change request may be denied if it renders entities that were valid
under the previous definition invalid under the new definition.
The owner of a media type may pass responsibility to another person
or agency by informing the IANA and the ietf-types list; this can be
done without discussion or review.
The IESG may reassign responsibility for a media type. The most
common case of this will be to enable changes to be made to types
where the author of the registration has died, moved out of contact
or is otherwise unable to make changes that are important to the
Media type registrations may not be deleted; media types that are no
longer believed appropriate for use can be declared OBSOLETE by a
change to their "intended use" field; such media types will be
clearly marked in the lists published by the IANA.
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