adding mime types for braille documents

Jerome Leclanche jerome at
Mon Apr 18 19:59:19 UTC 2016

If it's a proprietary format, it should be text/vnd.duxbury.brf or some such.

If it's an open format, text/brf is likely fine.

It's worth noting I'm seeing references to text/plain encoding=brf...
which doesn't seem correct.
J. Leclanche

On Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 10:54 PM, kendell clark <coffeekingms at> wrote:
> hi
> I can try contacting duxbury, but in my experience they're very ...
> windows centric. I'd probably mention in my email that I want to improve
> the "linux desktop" and at that point they'd lose all interest. But I'll
> try anyway, I won't go off of assumption on this one. At least the brf
> format is open, and has a dtd. Duxbury was, I thought, a very
> proprietary company. I'm trying to find out if the brf format is
> registered. I can't seem to find it, so I'm assuming not. Would the mime
> type be something like text/braille?
> Thanks
> Kendell Clark
> charles-listes+xdg at wrote:
>> Le Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 11:25:42AM +0200, Bastien Nocera a écrit :
>>> Charles is wrong, you don't need to have them registered. In fact, the
>>> "x-" prefix says it's not registered.
>> Hi Bastien,
>> I wrote "can be registered to the IANA", not "need to".  I am sorry
>> if it has been confusing.
>> Registering to the IANA is a nice thing to do as it will benefit a broader
>> audience than the users of XDG-compliant desktop environment.  And indeed, as
>> you wrote, this registration is often done by the creators of the file type.
>> In the case of the "BRF" format, it seems to be "Duxbury systems".
>> Perhaps they would be pleased to do the registration if they were contacted by
>> Kendell ?
>> The IANA has recently became much more opened to registration of new types,
>> to the point that they now discourage the use of "x-" prefixes.
>>  -
>>  -
>> I tested the new registration system myself, with
>> application/vnd.debian.binary-package, and this media type made its way in
>> shared-mime-info shortly after acceptance (thanks to the maintainer of Fedora's
>> package "mailcap", who was faster than me to submit an update to you).  So in
>> case submission to the IANA seems to be doable, I think that it is the most
>> beneficial way to go.
>> Have a nice day,
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