Suggestion for new project: chemical-mime-data

Daniel Leidert daniel.leidert.spam at
Mon May 9 18:13:36 EEST 2005

Am Montag, den 09.05.2005, 16:44 +0200 schrieb Christophe Fergeau:
> Le lundi 09 mai 2005 à 16:09 +0200, Daniel Leidert a écrit :
> > Therefor the project provides or should provide:
> > - Shared Mime-info Database definitions ( sub-dir)
> If you feel there is a need for a shared package defining chemical mime
> data,

In principle: yes. Or developers of chemical applications will never be
able to associate their applications with these types. This idea was the
basic for beginning the project.

> I think the shared-mime-info definitions should go in the official
> shared-mime-info package (I know there's a bug adding the necessary mime
> types already, I haven't had time to process it yet :-/ )

I disagree (but I now the open bug). There is a main problem: chemical
MIME types have never been registered with IANA. There is no registered
media-type 'chemical'. The information about these MIME types is often
confusing (e.g. between chemical/x-ncbi-asn1-spec and
chemical/x-ncbi-asn1 or the pattern *.ent -> chemical/x-ncbi-asn1-ascii
or chemical/x-pdb). There are a lot of conflicts with official MIME
types (e.g. chemical/x-pdb <-> application/vnd.palm or
chemical/x-daylight-smiles <-> application/smil). I would like to help
to solve these conflicts with providing detailed information to the
official shared MIME-info db. But at the moment I have real concerns
about adding chemical/* MIME types to the official db. I more like the
idea to handle the support for these MIME types in one separate package.

Regards, Daniel

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