adding mime types for braille documents

kendell clark coffeekingms at
Mon Apr 18 07:14:30 UTC 2016

I've bookmarked the iana registration application. But I'm going to need
some help filling this out, because some of the details they want are so
far over my head I don't understand them. Would someone be willing to
either fill an application out for me or explain it a bit better? For
braille documents, there is no standard. It's simply a plain text file,
but instead of ascii text, it's braille text, which is basically ascii
that, when run through a braille translator, turns into print text. It
should be a subclass of text/plain, since it is basically a text file.
On the audible files ... I have literally no idea. Once I understand
this I'll be able to add new media types without bothering anyone, but I
seem to get part way into adding one and then get stuck. If I understand
correctly, the way to get new media types is to first register them with
iana, then they'll get added hear? If this is the case, why aren't the
console rom formats registered? Application/x-wii-rom, etc?
Kendell Clark

kendell clark wrote:
> hi all
> I'd like to add mime types for braille documents (*.brf and *.brl)
> files. I've generated a test braille file using liblouis's lou_translate
> tool, which I can attach if wanted. It reads, This is a test of a
> braille document. Testing, 1, 2, 3. I can file a bug against the shared
> mime database if needed, but I seem to be stuck on the last bug I filed.
> I'm not really clear on what I need to do to get new mime types
> accepted. I've read the hacking file but I don't really understand it. 
> I've checked out the shared-mime-database git repository and I'd be
> happy to put my test braille file in the tests folder, but I don't know
> how to run the tests against it since braille documents are nothing more
> than text files with braille in them as opposed to print, so there's no
> standard or anything. Can anyone help me?  In fact, if braille documents
> get their own mime type, they'd be a subclass of text files. I'm still
> trying to add mime types for audible and enhanced audible files, but I
> don't know how to generate test audible files. There doesn't seem to be
> a library that will generate them. I can take a preexisting audible file
> and remove the audio from it, but I'm not sure how to do that. Sorry for
> all the questions, I'm new to the world of mimetypes, magic numbers, and
> so on. If  there's pre existing documentation, point me to it and I'll
> read it and get out of you guys' hair. I don't want to be a bother but I
> do want to improve linux, and the mime types available for it, which is
> why I joined this list.
> Thanks
> Kendell Clark

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