Markdown MIME type?

Aristotle Pagaltzis pagaltzis at
Sun Feb 3 14:46:52 EST 2008

* Petite Abeille <petite.abeille at> [2008-02-03 17:55]:

> What MIME type do people use for Markdown?

Regrettably, there still isn’t one registered for Markdown. If my
reading of [RFC 4288] is correct, John shouldn’t have any trouble
registering eg. `text/vnd.daringfireball.markdown` using the
application form at <>.
(Most of the “mandatory” fields in that form apply only to MIME
types registered in the standards tree, not the vendor tree.)

Hint hint, nudge nudge.

[RFC 4288]:

> text/markdown?

> text/plain?


> Suggestions?

I end up using `text/plain` most of the time because browsers
throw up a download box whenever they encounter an unknown MIME
type, even though [RFC 2046] explicitly says they should treat
any unknown `text/*` MIME type as `text/plain`.

[RFC 2046]:

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