[uf-new] Separating File Content from File Format

Charles Iliya Krempeaux supercanadian at gmail.com
Thu Apr 5 11:49:44 PDT 2007

Hello Manu,

(Sorry for the last message...  my mouse pointer was over the "send"
button while I was starting to type the message... and it seemed to
have accidentally gotten pressed.)

This topic has come up before.

One of the things that got noted is that the HTML anchor element --
<a> -- has a type attribute that can be used to describe the type of
the content.

So, for example...

    <a type="audio/mpeg" href="http://example.com/song.mp3">...</a>


    <a type="video/mpeg" href="http://example.com/show.mpg">...</a>

You can do other sophisticated stuff with the "type" attribute to...
since it holds a "Content Type" and not just a "MIME type".  So you
can add parameters to it too.

See ya

On 4/5/07, Charles Iliya Krempeaux <supercanadian at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Manu
> On 4/5/07, Manu Sporny <msporny at digitalbazaar.com> wrote:
> > Apologies if this subject has already been discussed - I couldn't find
> > anywhere that it was:
> >
> > What is the Microformat approach to describing file format vs.
> > describing file content?
> >
> > The media-info-brainstorming page lists several pieces of file-format
> > information that should be described:
> >
> > format (MP3, FLAC, OGG), audio codec, video codec, bit rate, size
> >
> > We should consider separating file content from file format - there is
> > more on this concept here:
> >
> > http://microformats.org/wiki/media-info-brainstorming#Differentiating_File_Content_from_File_Format
> >
> > It seems that Microformats tend to focus on content, not format.
> > However, it is desirable at times to specify the format of a particular
> > file. Has this subject been discussed before? Do we need a file-format
> > Microformat?
> >
> > -- manu

    Charles Iliya Krempeaux, B.Sc.

    charles @ reptile.ca
    supercanadian @ gmail.com

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