All formats defined by W3C specifications are of general interest to the
Internet Community and are therefore registered in the standards tree (formerly
IETF tree), which requires approval by the IESG.
Status of This Document
This document explains the procedures available to register an Internet
Media Type for a format defined by a W3C specification in the IANA registry. It is
being maintained by Philippe Le Hégaret who,
together with Wendy Seltzer, is serving as IETF/W3C liaison.
A new process, BCP 13, for
registering Mime media types is defined in Media Type Specifications and
Registration Procedures together with Multipurpose Internet Mail
Extensions (MIME) Part Four: Registration Procedures, which covers IANA
registration procedures for MIME external body access types and
content-transfer-encodings. While the first document hasn’t been formally
approved, it is our understanding that this is the process followed by the IETF
and the IESG.
The TAG refers to this document in its April 2004 Finding Internet Media Type registration, consistency
W3C Working Groups engaged in defining a format follow How to
Register a Media Type with IANAto register an Internet Media Type
(defined in [RFC2046]) for
1. Registration process
This procedure is based on Media Type Specifications and
Note: Once a media type has been published by the IANA, the owner
may request a change to its definition. The same procedure that would be
appropriate for the original registration request is used to process a change
request. See also Section
5.5, Change Procedures in BCP 13.
- Draft a proposal for the Media Type registration as a normative part of
your specification, following the instructions in Media Type Specifications and
Registration Procedures, section 4, and the template in section 10.
Make sure that this part of the specification is readable on its own,
without the context of the specification. For
Additional Media Type Structured Syntax Suffixes,
+json, see RFC 6839 and
RFC 7303 requirements and section 4.5.7 Media types for
XML of the World Wide Web
Architecture as well. In the introduction to the relevant section, say
that this registration is for community review and will be submitted to the
IESG for review, approval, and registration with IANA.
- One to two months prior to Candidate Recommendation: Send an email to the mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org asking for
comments on the Media Type section of your specification:
- Include a pointer to and a plaintext copy (not just an attachment) of
the Media Type registration section in your email to email@example.com.
- Make sure you address and reply to comments and questions on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you
change the registration in your specification as a result of comments
on ietf-type (or for any other reason), send the revised version to email@example.com.
- If you are registering an XML-based format, you may want to cc: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Note that you need to be subscribed to
the list to post to it.
- To make it easier for your WG to track comments on the Media Type
section, you may cross-post the comments list for your
- In preparation for Candidate Recommendation:
- Change the introduction to the registration information to say that
it is being submitted to the IESG for review, approval, and
registration with IANA.
- Fill the IANA form, listed in
Media Types. The IANA Services Specialist
will check with Wendy Seltzer and Philippe Le Hégaret to validate the request
on behalf ot W3C.
- In preparation for Proposed Recommendation and Recommendation:
- Check on progress of registration, first directly at IANA, and if
your type is not yet registered there, contact iana-mime-comment.
- Update the introduction to the registration information in your
specification to say either “registered with IANA at…” or
“under review by the IESG…”, as applicable.
- If your registration points to a dated version, request update of the
registration via iana-mime-comment.
W3C Community Groups may also request to register a provisional media type through W3C. All requests for W3C media types submitted to IANA get checked by W3C.
2. History of this Document
- Updated in December 2019 to take the IANA form into account. Removed the (unmaintained) list of media types under W3C control.
- Updated in September 2015 to point to Process 2015.
- Updated in July 2014 in preparation for the adoption of the 2014 Process, which merged Last Call with Candidate Recommendation. Removed the former process involving registration with an RFC.
- See TAG
discussion from August 2006.
- Status table and new process added, mostly during 2004, by Martin Dürst
- created 28 June 2002 by Joseph
Philippe Le Hégaret, W3C Project Management Lead.
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