Chrome Mime Types

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Chrome Mime Types
MIME types helps your Chrome web browser read certain data. (http, www, icon, web, website image by creative from Fotolia.com)

Google Chrome is a Web browser provided for free by Google, and is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7. You can surf the Internet, watch streaming videos and search for specific items using the Google search bar. A Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension is an Internet standard for defining the contents of messages sent over the Internet. MIMEs have a main category, which gives a broad description of the data contained within, and a subcategory which provides specific information about each item in the category.

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Video

The Video MIME category contains all the data for showing videos online, and the subcategories in the video category generally refer to specific types of video files. For example, the x-flv is for Adobe Flash Videos, and vnd.motorola.video subcategory is for Motorola videos. The X in front of the flv video indicates it's a non-standard category, which refers to any MIME type not registered with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). This category also contains commonly used video components including Apple QuickTime, Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG) and Windows Media Video (WMV).

Text

The Text MIME main category refers to documents mainly composed of text, but each subcategory contains different types of text. The Rich Text Format (RTF) contains previously formatted text while the plain text category mainly contains unformatted text. The eXtensible Markup Language (XML) category contains information for websites and application programming interfaces (APIs), and the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) category contains the most commonly used type of text for websites. This category may also contain a subcategory for the Windows script.

Image

The Image MIME category has all the data on how to display images online, and it contains the most commonly used image formats, including Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), Portable Graphics Network (PNG), Progressive JPEG (PJPEG), Graphics Interchange Format (GIF), Bitmap (BMP) and Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). You can also find some non-standard subcategories within the Image MIME, including the x-Windows Metafile Format (x-WMF), x-Johnson Grace (x-jg) and x-enhanced metafile (x-EMF).

Audio

The Audio MIME type allows you to hear audio online, and this category contains basic audio formats, which are created using UNIX code as well as more complex formats. For example, the Windows Audio (WAV) and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) data are contained in this category. You will also find audio specific to certain operating systems, including the Audio Interchange File (AIF), which is generally used by Mac operating systems.

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