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MIME TYPES

March 13, 2014 - By 

MIME TYPES  

MIME is the abbreviation for Multi-purpose Internet Mail Extensions. MIME types give a standard way of classifying the types of files on the internet. Various internet programs such as Web browsers and Web servers have proper lists of the MIME types, so that they can easily transfer the same file in the very same way, no matter on what operating system they are working.

A MIME type consists of two parts: first is ‘a type’ and the second is ‘a subtype’. These both parts are separated by a slash (/). Example, the MIME type for Microsoft Word files is ‘application’ and the subtype is ‘MSWord’. Together the complete MIME type is ‘application/MSWord’. Though there is a full flourished list of various MIME types, it does not list the extensions associated with different files.