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I-D ACTION:draft-ietf-acap-mediatype-01.txt

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	Title		: ACAP Media Type Dataset Class
	Author(s)	: C. Newman, A. Melnikov
	Filename	: draft-ietf-acap-mediatype-01.txt
	Pages		: 18
	Date		: 2003-1-6
With the definition of standardized media types in MIME it has become
necessary to keep mapping tables which translate between the standard
media type names, commonly used file name extensions, any platform
specific typing mechanism, and helper applications to view, compose,
edit or print media types.  Supplying a set of site defaults is
useful so that users won't have to configure well-known types.  The
mailcap mechanism provides some of this functionality in a
homogeneous environment with a shared file system, and both the
Macintosh program 'Internet Config' and the Windows Registry have had
some success in consolidating these tables for multiple applications
on a single machine.  But neither of these addresses the problems of
multi-platform users or a heterogeneous environment.
Application Configuration Access Protocol (ACAP) provides appropriate
facilities for this need.  ACAP's dataset structure is extensible and
ACAP's inheritance feature provides for enterprise default settings
with per-user customization.  This memo defines an ACAP dataset class
for media type mapping tables.

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