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what is the difference between given mime types

 
Rizwan Mohammad
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what is the difference between following mime types?
which is the correct one for word documents?

application/doc
application/msword
application/vnd.msword
 
Brian Mozhdehi
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application/msword is the correct mime type to invoke a browser or an email program to launch ms word when downloading the file.

From an encoding/decoding on transmission standpoint, all three are the same, i.e. they all are binary data that would be transmitted via either BASE64 or some form of enveloped data (such as in a signed or encrypted transmission) that would also ultimately be BASE64 encoded.
 
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Thanks Brain for clarification.
But who maintains and sets the standards like which mime to use. I am surprise to see three different mime types are used for same type of document.
 
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Mime info
 
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Originally posted by Rizwan Mohammad:
But who maintains and sets the standards like which mime to use. I am surprise to see three different mime types are used for same type of document.
People can use whatever they like. However making up your own MIME types (or using guesses at what a MIME type should be) runs the risk that the receiver won't understand what you mean. Here is the official list.
 
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