[Bitcoin-development] BIP0071 media type registration with IANA

Mike Hearn mike at plan99.net
Sat Apr 26 20:17:58 UTC 2014

Bitcoin is not a vendor, so I doubt that would work.

I doubt we should spend any time on this. The chance of a string collision
is extremely low. The current mime types are fine.

On Sat, Apr 26, 2014 at 10:15 PM, Ross Nicoll <jrn at jrn.me.uk> wrote:

> Dear all,
> Still going through the payment protocol specifications... the MIME
> types in BIP0071 aren't IANA registered, and honestly look unlikely to
> be accepted if they were submitted as-is.
> Latest RFC on media type registration is RFC 6838, which very strictly
> restricts what can go in the default "application/" namespace.
> Essentially they'd want it to be an ISO standard or similar. There are
> vendor namespaces, which look much more feasible (this is how Powerpoint
> 2007 ended up as
> "application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.presentation"),
> but would be quite a dramatic change to BIP0071.
> What's the general feeling on this? Personally I'm in favour of
> following the registration process, so register a Bitcoin vendor
> namespace with IANA, then allocate MIME types such as:
> application/vnd.bitcoin.payment.request
> application/vnd.bitcoin.payment.payment
> application/vnd.bitcoin.payment.ack
> Thoughts?
> Ross
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