Mime Type

The mime type for a graphic, multimedia object, or piece of supplementary material


Authoring Note: This attribute should be required when creating new articles.


The source for this attribute’s “image” value is the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA 2003).

Although the Tag Set cannot enforce it, the element <graphic> should be limited to still images. The element <media> should be reserved for objects whose @mime-subtype involves video, audio, moving images, time-dependent graphic types, and other non-XML data types. Mimetypes and subtypes should be set accordingly but are not constrained by this Tag Set.

Attribute Values

In Element

Value Meaning
image Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) mimetype “image”
Restriction: This attribute value may not be changed.

In Elements

<graphic>, <inline-supplementary-material>, <media>, <supplementary-material>
Value Meaning
Text, numbers, or special characters The appropriate mime type for the object
Restriction: This attribute may be specified if the element is used.