MIME types holding REST back

, Aug 17, 2009

Benjamin Carlyle:

A significant weakness of HTTP in my view is its dependence on the MIME standard for media type identification and on the related iana registry. This registry is a limited bottleneck that does not have the capacity to deal with the media type definition requirements of individual enterprises or domains.

Interesting; previously, previously, and once again.

On August 23, 2009 4:41 PM, ctford said:

I think this debate sometimes confuses two related problems - resource type identification and resource type definition/documentation.

People seem to want to use a single URI for both purposes. URIs are great for pointing to documentation/specification, but I think it’s problematic to use them for resource type identity.