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Network Working Group                                      A. Bryan, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                              T. Tsujikawa
Intended status: Standards Track                                N. McNab
Expires: February 22, 2010                            Metalinker Project
                                                                P. Poeml
                                                            Novell, Inc.
                                                         August 21, 2009


                The Metalink Download Description Format
                        draft-bryan-metalink-13

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   document authors.  All rights reserved.

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Abstract

   This document specifies Metalink Documents, an XML-based download
   description format.


Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.1.  Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.2.  Namespace and Version  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     1.3.  Notational Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   2.  Metalink Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   3.  Common Metalink Constructs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.1.  Text Constructs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
       3.1.1.  Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.2.  Date Constructs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   4.  Metalink Element Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
     4.1.  Container Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
       4.1.1.  The "metalink:metalink" Element  . . . . . . . . . . .  8
       4.1.2.  The "metalink:file" Element  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
       4.1.3.  The "metalink:pieces" Element  . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     4.2.  Metadata Elements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
       4.2.1.  The "metalink:copyright" Element . . . . . . . . . . . 12
       4.2.2.  The "metalink:description" Element . . . . . . . . . . 12
       4.2.3.  The "metalink:dynamic" Element . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
       4.2.4.  The "metalink:generator" Element . . . . . . . . . . . 13
       4.2.5.  The "metalink:hash" Element  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
       4.2.6.  The "metalink:identity" Element  . . . . . . . . . . . 14
       4.2.7.  The "metalink:language" Element  . . . . . . . . . . . 14
       4.2.8.  The "metalink:license" Element . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
       4.2.9.  The "metalink:logo" Element  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
       4.2.10. The "metalink:metaurl" Element . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
       4.2.11. The "metalink:origin" Element  . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
       4.2.12. The "metalink:os" Element  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
       4.2.13. The "metalink:published" Element . . . . . . . . . . . 17
       4.2.14. The "metalink:publisher" Element . . . . . . . . . . . 17
       4.2.15. The "metalink:signature" Element . . . . . . . . . . . 18
       4.2.16. The "metalink:size" Element  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
       4.2.17. The "metalink:updated" Element . . . . . . . . . . . . 18



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       4.2.18. The "metalink:url" Element . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
       4.2.19. The "metalink:version" Element . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   5.  Securing Metalink Documents  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   6.  Extending Metalink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
     6.1.  Extensions from Non-Metalink Vocabularies  . . . . . . . . 20
     6.2.  Extensions to the Metalink Vocabulary  . . . . . . . . . . 20
     6.3.  Processing Foreign Markup  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
     6.4.  Extension Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
       6.4.1.  Simple Extension Elements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
       6.4.2.  Structured Extension Elements  . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
   7.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
     7.1.  XML Namespace Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
     7.2.  application/metalink+xml MIME type . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
   8.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
     8.1.  URIs and IRIs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
     8.2.  Spoofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
     8.3.  Cryptographic Hashes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
     8.4.  Signing  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
   9.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
     9.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
     9.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
   Appendix A.  Acknowledgements and Contributors . . . . . . . . . . 26
   Appendix B.  RELAX NG Compact Schema . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
   Appendix C.  Document History (to be removed by RFC Editor
                before publication) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
   Index  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
























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1.  Introduction

   Metalink is an XML-based document format that describes a file or
   lists of files to be added to a download queue.  Lists are composed
   of a number of files, each with an extensible set of attached
   metadata.  For example, each file can have a description, checksum,
   and list of URIs that it is available from.

   The primary use case that Metalink addresses is the description of
   downloadable content in a format so download agents can act
   intelligently and recover from common errors with little or no user
   interaction necessary.  These errors can include multiple servers
   going down and data corrupted in transmission.

   [[ Discussion of this draft should take place on
   discuss@apps.ietf.org or the Metalink discussion mailing list located
   at metalink-discussion@googlegroups.com.  To join the list, visit
   http://groups.google.com/group/metalink-discussion . ]]

1.1.  Examples

   A brief, single file Metalink Document:

   <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
   <metalink xmlns="urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:metalink">
     <file name="example.ext">
       <url>ftp://ftp.example.com/example.ext</url>
       <url>http://example.com/example.ext</url>
       <metaurl type="torrent">
       http://example.com/example.ext.torrent
       </metaurl>
     </file>
   </metalink>


















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   A more extensive, single file Metalink Document:

   <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
   <metalink xmlns="urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:metalink">
     <published>2009-05-15T12:23:23Z</published>
     <file name="example.ext">
       <identity>Example</identity>
       <version>1.0</version>
       <language>en</language>
       <description>A description of the example file for
   download.</description>
       <hash type="sha-1">
       80bc95fd391772fa61c91ed68567f0980bb45fd9</hash>
       <url location="de" preference="95">
       ftp://ftp.example.com/example.ext</url>
       <url location="fr" preference="100">
       http://example.com/example.ext</url>
       <metaurl type="torrent" preference="90">
       http://example.com/example.ext.torrent
       </metaurl>
     </file>
   </metalink>

1.2.  Namespace and Version

   The XML Namespaces URI [REC-xml-names] for the XML data format
   described in this specification is:

   urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:metalink

   For convenience, this data format may be referred to as "Metalink",
   which this specification uses internally.

1.3.  Notational Conventions

   This specification describes conformance of Metalink Documents.
   Additionally, it places some requirements on Metalink Processors.

   This specification uses the namespace prefix "metalink:" for the
   Namespace URI identified in Section 1.2, above.  Note that the choice
   of namespace prefix is arbitrary and not semantically significant.

   Metalink is specified using terms from the XML Infoset
   [REC-xml-infoset].  However, this specification uses a shorthand for
   two common terms: the phrase "Information Item" is omitted when
   naming Element Information Items and Attribute Information Items.
   Therefore, when this specification uses the term "element," it is
   referring to an Element Information Item in Infoset terms.  Likewise,



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   when it uses the term "attribute," it is referring to an Attribute
   Information Item.

   Some sections of this specification are illustrated with fragments of
   a non-normative RELAX NG Compact schema [RELAX-NG].  However, the
   text of this specification provides the definition of conformance.  A
   complete schema appears in Appendix B.

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in BCP 14, [RFC2119], as
   scoped to those conformance targets.


2.  Metalink Documents

   This specification describes Metalink Documents.

   A Metalink Document describes a file or group of files, how to access
   them, and metadata that identifies them.  Its root is the metalink:
   metalink element.

   namespace metalink = "urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:metalink"
   start = metalinkMetalink

   Metalink Documents are specified in terms of the XML Information Set,
   serialized as XML 1.0 [REC-xml] and identified with the "application/
   metalink+xml" media type.

   Metalink Documents MUST be well-formed XML.  This specification does
   not define a DTD for Metalink Documents, and hence does not require
   them to be valid (in the sense used by XML).

   Metalink allows the use of IRIs [RFC3987].  Every URI [RFC3986] is
   also an IRI, so a URI may be used wherever below an IRI is named.
   There is one special consideration: when an IRI that is not also a
   URI is given for dereferencing, it MUST be mapped to a URI using the
   steps in Section 3.1 of [RFC3987].

   Any element defined by this specification MAY have an xml:base
   attribute [REC-xmlbase].  When xml:base is used in an Metalink
   Document, it serves the function described in Section 5.1.1 of
   [RFC3986], establishing the base URI (or IRI) for resolving any
   relative references found within the effective scope of the xml:base
   attribute.

   Any element defined by this specification MAY have an xml:lang
   attribute, whose content indicates the natural language for the



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   element and its descendents.  The language context is only
   significant for elements and attributes declared to be "Language-
   Sensitive" by this specification.  Requirements regarding the content
   and interpretation of xml:lang are specified in XML 1.0 [REC-xml],
   Section 2.12.

   metalinkCommonAttributes =
      attribute xml:base { metalinkUri }?,
      attribute xml:lang { metalinkLanguageTag }?,
      undefinedAttribute*

   Metalink is an extensible format.  See Section 6 of this document for
   a full description of how Metalink Documents can be extended.


3.  Common Metalink Constructs

   Many of Metalink's elements share a few common structures.  This
   section defines those structures and their requirements for
   convenient reference by the appropriate element definitions.

   When an element is identified as being a particular kind of
   construct, it inherits the corresponding requirements from that
   construct's definition in this section.

   Note that there MUST NOT be any white space in a Date construct or in
   any IRI.  Some XML-emitting implementations erroneously insert white
   space around values by default, and such implementations will emit
   invalid Metalink Documents.

3.1.  Text Constructs

   A Text construct contains human-readable text, usually in small
   quantities.  The content of Text constructs is Language-Sensitive.

   metalinkTextConstruct =
      metalinkCommonAttributes,
      text

3.1.1.  Text

   Example metalink:description with text content:

   ...
   <description>
   A description of the example file for download.
   </description>
   ...



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   The content of the Text construct MUST NOT contain child elements.
   Such text is intended to be presented to humans in a readable
   fashion.  Thus, white space could be collapsed (including line
   breaks) and text could be displayed using typographic techniques such
   as justification and proportional fonts.

3.2.  Date Constructs

   A Date construct is an element whose content MUST conform to the
   "date-time" production in [RFC3339].  In addition, an uppercase "T"
   character MUST be used to separate date and time, and an uppercase
   "Z" character MUST be present in the absence of a numeric time zone
   offset.

   metalinkDateConstruct =
      metalinkCommonAttributes,
      xsd:dateTime

   Such date values happen to be compatible with the following
   specifications: [ISO.8601.1988], [W3C.NOTE-datetime-19980827], and
   [W3C.REC-xmlschema-2-20041028].

   Example Date constructs:

   <updated>2009-05-15T18:30:02Z</updated>
   <updated>2009-05-15T18:30:02.25Z</updated>
   <updated>2009-05-15T18:30:02+01:00</updated>
   <updated>2009-05-15T18:30:02.25+01:00</updated>

   Date values SHOULD be as accurate as possible.  For example, it would
   be generally inappropriate for a publishing system to apply the same
   timestamp to several Metalink Documents that were published during
   the course of a single day.


4.  Metalink Element Definitions

4.1.  Container Elements

4.1.1.  The "metalink:metalink" Element

   The "metalink:metalink" element is the document (i.e., top-level)
   element of a Metalink Document, acting as a container for metadata
   and data associated with the listed files.  It contains one or more
   metalink:file child elements which consist of metadata elements.






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   metalinkMetalink =
      element metalink:metalink {
         metalinkCommonAttributes,
         (metalinkDynamic?
          & metalinkFile+
          & metalinkGenerator?
          & metalinkOrigin?
          & metalinkPublished?
          & metalinkUpdated?
          & extensionElement*)
      }

   The following child elements are defined by this specification (note
   that the presence of some of these elements is required):

   o  metalink:metalink elements MAY contain exactly one metalink:
      dynamic element.
   o  metalink:metalink elements MUST contain one or more metalink:file
      elements.
   o  metalink:metalink elements MAY contain exactly one metalink:
      generator element.
   o  metalink:metalink elements SHOULD contain exactly one metalink:
      origin element.
   o  metalink:metalink elements MAY contain exactly one metalink:
      published element.

4.1.1.1.  Providing Textual Content

   Experience teaches that downloads providing textual content are in
   general more useful than those that do not.  Some applications (one
   example is full-text indexers) require a minimum amount of text to
   function reliably and predictably.  Metalink publishers should be
   aware of these issues.  It is advisable that each metalink:file
   element contain a non-empty metalink:description element, a non-empty
   metalink:identity element when that element is present, and a non-
   empty metalink:version element, and a non-empty metalink:publisher
   element.  However, the absence of metalink:description is not an
   error, and Metalink Processors MUST NOT fail to function correctly as
   a consequence of such an absence.

4.1.2.  The "metalink:file" Element

   The "metalink:file" element represents an individual file, acting as
   a container for metadata and data associated with the file.

   All metalink:url elements SHOULD lead to identical files.  That is,
   each metalink:url element should be an alternative location for the
   same file and each metalink:metaurl element should provide metadata



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   to retrieve the same file in another way, such as a peer to peer
   network.

   metalinkFile =
      element metalink:file {
         metalinkCommonAttributes,
         attribute name { text },
         (metalinkCopyright?
          & metalinkDescription?
          & metalinkHash*
          & metalinkIdentity?
          & metalinkLanguage?
          & metalinkLicense?
          & metalinkLogo?
          & metalinkMetaURL*
          & metalinkURL*
          & metalinkOS?
          & metalinkPieces*
          & metalinkPublisher?
          & metalinkSignature?
          & metalinkSize?
          & metalinkVersion?
          & extensionElement*)
      }

   This specification assigns no significance to the order of metalink:
   file elements or to the order of metalink:url or metalink:metaurl
   elements.  Significance is determined by the value of the
   "preference" attribute of the metalink:url or metalink:metaurl
   elements.

   The following child elements are defined by this specification (note
   that it requires the presence of some of these elements):

   o  metalink:file elements MAY contain exactly one metalink:copyright
      element.
   o  metalink:file elements MAY contain exactly one metalink:
      description element.
   o  metalink:file elements MAY contain exactly one metalink:identity
      element.
   o  metalink:file elements MAY contain one or more metalink:hash
      elements.
   o  metalink:file elements MAY contain exactly one metalink:language
      element.
   o  metalink:file elements MAY contain exactly one metalink:license
      element.





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   o  metalink:file elements MAY contain exactly one metalink:logo
      element.
   o  metalink:file elements MAY contain exactly one metalink:os
      element.
   o  metalink:file elements MUST contain at least one metalink:url
      element or at least one metalink:metaurl element.  Typically,
      metalink:file elements contains more than one metalink:url element
      to provide multiple download sources.
   o  metalink:file elements MAY contain one or more metalink:pieces
      elements.
   o  metalink:file elements MAY contain exactly one metalink:publisher
      element.
   o  metalink:file elements MAY contain one or more metalink:signature
      elements.
   o  metalink:file elements SHOULD contain exactly one metalink:size
      element.
   o  metalink:file elements MAY contain exactly one metalink:version
      element.

4.1.2.1.  The "name" Attribute

   metalink:file elements MUST have a "name" attribute, which contains
   the filename of the file to be downloaded.

   Directory information can also be contained in a "path/file" format
   only, as in:

   <file name="debian-amd64/sarge/Contents-amd64.gz">

   In this example, a subdirectory "debian-amd64/sarge/" will be created
   and a file named "Contents-amd64.gz" will be created inside it.  The
   path MUST NOT contain any directory traversal directives or
   information.  The path MUST be relative.  The path MUST NOT begin
   with a "/", "./" or "../", contain "/../", or end with "/..".

4.1.3.  The "metalink:pieces" Element

   The "metalink:pieces" element acts as a container for a list of
   checksums of non-overlapping pieces of the file.  The checksums MUST
   be listed in the same order as the corresponding pieces appear in the
   file, starting at the beginning of the file.

   metalinkPieces =
      element metalink:pieces {
         attribute length { xsd:integer },
         attribute type { text },
         metalinkHash+
      }



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4.1.3.1.  The "type" Attribute

   metalink:pieces elements MUST have a "type" attribute.

   The IANA registry named "Hash Function Textual Names" defines values
   for hash types.  If a Metalink Document contains hashes, it SHOULD
   include "sha-1" which is SHA-1 as specified in [RFC3174], or a
   stronger hash.  It MAY also include other hashes.

4.1.3.2.  The "length" Attribute

   metalink:pieces elements MUST have a "length" attribute, which is an
   integer that describes the length of the pieces of the file in
   octets.  The whole file is divided into non-overlapping pieces of
   this length, starting from the beginning of the file.  The last piece
   extends at most to the end of the file, and can therefore be shorter
   than the other pieces.

4.2.  Metadata Elements

4.2.1.  The "metalink:copyright" Element

   The "metalink:copyright" element is a Text construct that conveys a
   human-readable copyright for a file.

   metalinkCopyright =
      element metalink:copyright {
        metalinkTextConstruct
      }

4.2.2.  The "metalink:description" Element

   The "metalink:description" element is a Text construct that conveys a
   human-readable description for a file.

   metalinkDescription =
      element metalink:description {
        metalinkTextConstruct
      }

4.2.3.  The "metalink:dynamic" Element

   The "metalink:dynamic" element is a Text construct that describes
   whether the IRI from "metalink:origin" in a Metalink will contain
   dynamic updated information or if it is static and not likely to be
   updated.





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   metalinkDynamic =
      element metalink:dynamic {
         "true" | "false"
      }

4.2.4.  The "metalink:generator" Element

   The "metalink:generator" element's content identifies the generating
   agent name and version, separated by a "/", used to generate a
   Metalink Document, for debugging and other purposes.

   metalinkGenerator =
      element metalink:generator {
        metalinkTextConstruct
      }

   The content of this element, when present, MUST be a string that is a
   human-readable name and version, separated by a "/", for the
   generating agent.  For example, "MirrorBrain/2.8.1", where
   "MirrorBrain" is the name and "2.8.1" is the version.  Entities such
   as "&amp;" and "&lt;" represent their corresponding characters ("&"
   and "<" respectively), not markup.

4.2.5.  The "metalink:hash" Element

   The "metalink:hash" element is a Text construct that conveys a hash
   for a file.  All hashes are encoded in lowercase hexadecimal format.
   Hashes are used to verify the integrity of a complete file or portion
   of a file to determine if the file has been transferred without any
   errors.

   metalinkHash =
      element metalink:hash {
        attribute type { text }?,
        text
      }

   metalink:hash elements with a "type" attribute MUST contain a hash of
   the complete file.  Metalink Documents can contain one or multiples
   hashes of a complete file.  In this example, both SHA-1 and SHA-256
   hashes are included.

   ...
     <hash type="sha-1">a97fcf6ba9358f8a6f62beee4421863d3e52b080</hash>
     <hash type="sha-256">fc87941af7fd7f03e53b34af393f4c14923d74
     825f51116ff591336af4880227</hash>
   ...




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   Metalink Documents can also contain hashes for individual pieces of a
   file. metalink:hash elements that are inside a metalink:pieces
   container element have a hash for that specific piece or chunk of the
   file, and are of the same hash type as the metalink:pieces element
   they are contained in. metalink:hash elements without a "type"
   attribute MUST contain a hash for that specific piece or chunk of the
   file and MUST be listed in the same order as the corresponding pieces
   appear in the file, starting at the beginning of the file.

   ...
     <hash type="sha-1">a97fcf6ba9358f8a6f62beee4421863d3e52b080</hash>
     <hash type="sha-256">fc87941af7fd7f03e53b34af393f4c14923d74
     825f51116ff591336af4880227</hash>
     <pieces length="1048576" type="sha-1">
       <hash>d96b9a4b92a899c2099b7b31bddb5ca423bb9b30</hash>
       <hash>10d68f4b1119014c123da2a0a6baf5c8a6d5ba1e</hash>
       <hash>3e84219096435c34e092b17b70a011771c52d87a</hash>
       <hash>67183e4c3ab892d3ebe8326b7d79eb62d077f487</hash>
     </pieces>
   ...

4.2.5.1.  The "type" Attribute

   metalink:hash elements MUST have a "type" attribute, if and only if
   it contains a hash of the complete file.  The IANA registry named
   "Hash Function Textual Names" defines values for hash types.  If a
   Metalink Document contains hashes, it SHOULD include "sha-1" which is
   SHA-1 as specified in [RFC3174], or a stronger hash.  It MAY also
   include other hashes.

4.2.6.  The "metalink:identity" Element

   The "metalink:identity" element is a Text construct that conveys a
   human-readable identity for a file.  The identity of OpenOffice.org
   3.0 would be "OpenOffice.org".

   metalinkIdentity =
      element metalink:identity {
        metalinkTextConstruct
      }

4.2.7.  The "metalink:language" Element

   The "metalink:language" element is a Text construct that conveys a
   code for the language of a file, per [RFC4646].






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   metalinkLanguage =
      element metalink:language {
        metalinkTextConstruct
      }

4.2.8.  The "metalink:license" Element

   The "metalink:license" element is a Text construct that conveys a
   human-readable license name for a file.

   metalinkLicense =
      element metalink:license {
        metalinkCommonAttributes,
        attribute url { metalinkUri }?,
        attribute name { text }?
      }

   The metalink:license element MAY have a "url" attribute whose value
   MUST be an IRI reference [RFC3987].  When dereferenced, the resulting
   URI (mapped from an IRI, if necessary) SHOULD produce a
   representation that is relevant to that agent.

   The metalink:license element MAY have a "name" attribute that
   indicates the name of the license.

4.2.9.  The "metalink:logo" Element

   The "metalink:logo" element's content is an IRI reference [RFC3987]
   that identifies an image that provides visual identification for a
   file.

   metalinkLogo =
      element metalink:logo {
        metalinkCommonAttributes,
        (metalinkUri)
      }

   The image SHOULD have an aspect ratio of one (horizontal) to one
   (vertical) and SHOULD be suitable for presentation at a small size.

4.2.10.  The "metalink:metaurl" Element

   The "metalink:metaurl" element contains the IRI of metadata about a
   resource to download.  For example, this could be the IRI of a
   BitTorrent .torrent file or a Metalink Document.  Note that the
   information in the metalink:hash element does not apply to these
   files, but to the files that are described by them.




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   metalinkMetaURL =
      element metalink:metaurl {
         metalinkCommonAttributes,
         attribute preference { xsd:integer }?,
         attribute type { text },
         attribute name { text }?,
         metalinkUri
      }

4.2.10.1.  The "preference" Attribute

   metalink:metaurl elements MAY have a preference attribute, whose
   value MUST be a number from 1 to 100 for priority, with 100 used
   first and 1 used last.  Multiple metalink:metaurl elements can have
   the same preference, i.e. three BitTorrent .torrent files could have
   preference="100".  See also the "preference" attribute of the
   metalink:url element.

4.2.10.2.  The "type" Attribute

   metalink:metaurl elements MUST have a "type" attribute that indicates
   the MIME type of the metadata available at the IRI.  In the case of
   BitTorrent as specified in [BITTORRENT], the value "torrent" is
   required.  Types without "/" are reserved.  Currently, "torrent" is
   the only reserved value.

4.2.10.3.  The "name" Attribute

   metalink:metaurl elements MAY have a "name" attribute that indicates
   a specific file in a BitTorrent .torrent file or a Metalink Document
   that describes multiple files.

   Directory information can also be contained in a "path/file" format
   only, as in:

   <metaurl type="torrent" name="debian-amd64/sarge/Contents-amd64.gz">

   In this example, a file named "Contents-amd64.gz" is indicated, in a
   "debian-amd64/sarge/" subdirectory.  The path MUST NOT contain any
   directory traversal directives or information.  The path MUST be
   relative.  The path MUST NOT begin with a "/", "./" or "../", contain
   "/../", or end with "/..".

4.2.11.  The "metalink:origin" Element

   The "metalink:origin" element is an IRI where the Metalink Document
   was originally published.  If metalink:dynamic is "true", then
   updated versions of the Metalink can be found at this IRI.



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   metalinkOrigin =
      element metalink:origin {
        metalinkCommonAttributes,
        (metalinkUri)
      }

4.2.12.  The "metalink:os" Element

   The "metalink:os" element is a Text construct that conveys a human-
   readable Operating System for a file.  The IANA registry named
   "Operating System Names" defines values for OS types.

   metalinkOS =
      element metalink:os {
        metalinkTextConstruct
      }

4.2.13.  The "metalink:published" Element

   The "metalink:published" element is a Date construct indicating an
   instant in time associated with an event early in the life cycle of
   the entry.

   metalinkPublished =
      element metalink:published {
        metalinkDateConstruct
      }

   Typically, metalink:published will be associated with the initial
   creation or first availability of the resource.

4.2.14.  The "metalink:publisher" Element

   The "metalink:publisher" element indicates a group or other entity
   which has published the file described in the Metalink Document.

   metalinkPublisher =
      element metalink:publisher {
        metalinkCommonAttributes,
        attribute url { metalinkUri }?,
        attribute name { text }?
      }

   The metalink:publisher element MAY have a "url" attribute whose value
   MUST be an IRI reference [RFC3987].  When dereferenced, the resulting
   URI (mapped from an IRI, if necessary) SHOULD produce a
   representation that is relevant to that agent.




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   The metalink:publisher element MAY have a "name" attribute that
   indicates the name of the publisher.

4.2.15.  The "metalink:signature" Element

   The "metalink:signature" element is a Text construct that conveys a
   digital signature for a file described in a Metalink Document.
   Digital signatures verify that a file is from the entity that has
   signed it.

   metalinkSignature =
      element metalink:signature {
        attribute type { "pgp" },
        metalinkTextConstruct
      }

4.2.15.1.  The "type" Attribute

   metalink:signature elements MUST have a "type" attribute.  The
   initial value of "type" is the string that is non-empty and matches
   "pgp".  It may be useful to extend Metalink documents with new types
   of digital signatures, so unknown types are allowed.

4.2.16.  The "metalink:size" Element

   The "metalink:size" element indicates the length of the linked
   content in octets; it is a hint about the content length of the
   representation returned when the IRI is mapped to a URI and
   dereferenced.

   metalinkSize =
      element metalink:size {
        metalinkTextConstruct
      }

4.2.17.  The "metalink:updated" Element

   The "metalink:updated" element is a Date construct indicating the
   most recent instant in time when a Metalink was modified in a way the
   publisher considers significant.  Therefore, not all modifications
   necessarily result in a changed metalink:updated value.

   metalinkUpdated =
      element metalink:updated {
        metalinkDateConstruct
      }

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4.2.18.  The "metalink:url" Element

   The "metalink:url" element contains the IRI of a file.  Most Metalink
   Documents will contain multiple metalink:url elements, and each one
   SHOULD be a valid alternative to download the same file.

   metalinkURL =
      element metalink:url {
         metalinkCommonAttributes,
         attribute location { xsd:string {
           minLength = "2"  maxLength="2"}
         }?,
         attribute preference { xsd:integer }?,
         metalinkUri
      }

4.2.18.1.  The "preference" Attribute

   metalink:url elements MAY have a preference attribute, whose value
   MUST be a number from 1 to 100 for priority, with 100 used first and
   1 used last.  Multiple metalink:url elements can have the same
   preference, i.e. ten mirrors could have preference="100".

4.2.18.2.  The "location" Attribute

   metalink:url elements MAY have a "location" attribute, which is a
   [ISO3166-1] alpha-2 two letter country code for the geographical
   location of the physical server an IRI is used to access.

4.2.19.  The "metalink:version" Element

   The "metalink:version" element is a Text construct that conveys a
   human-readable version for a file.  The version of OpenOffice.org 3.0
   would be "3.0".

   metalinkVersion =
      element metalink:version {
        metalinkTextConstruct
      }


5.  Securing Metalink Documents

   Because Metalink is an XML-based format, existing XML security
   mechanisms can be used to secure its content.

   Producers of Metalink Documents may have sound reasons for signing
   otherwise-unprotected content.  For example, a merchant might



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   digitally sign a Metalink that lists a file download to verify its
   origin.  Other merchants may wish to sign and encrypt Metalink
   Documents that list digital songs that have been purchased.  Of
   course, many other examples are conceivable as well.

   The algorithm requirements in this section pertain to the Metalink
   Processor.  They require that a recipient, at a minimum, be able to
   handle messages that use the specified cryptographic algorithms.
   These requirements do not limit the algorithms that the sender can
   choose.

   Metalink Processors that verify signed Metalink Documents MUST at
   least support XML-Signature and Syntax Processing [REC-xmldsig-core].


6.  Extending Metalink

6.1.  Extensions from Non-Metalink Vocabularies

   This specification describes Metalink's XML markup vocabulary.
   Markup from other vocabularies ("foreign markup") can be used in an
   Metalink Document.

6.2.  Extensions to the Metalink Vocabulary

   The Metalink namespace is reserved for future forward-compatible
   revisions of Metalink.  Future versions of this specification could
   add new elements and attributes to the Metalink markup vocabulary.
   Software written to conform to this version of the specification will
   not be able to process such markup correctly and, in fact, will not
   be able to distinguish it from markup error.  For the purposes of
   this discussion, unrecognized markup from the Metalink vocabulary
   will be considered "foreign markup".

6.3.  Processing Foreign Markup

   Metalink Processors that encounter foreign markup in a location that
   is legal according to this specification MUST NOT stop processing or
   signal an error.  It might be the case that the Metalink Processor is
   able to process the foreign markup correctly and does so.  Otherwise,
   such markup is termed "unknown foreign markup".

   When unknown foreign markup is encountered as a child of metalink:
   file, metalink:metalink, Metalink Processors MAY bypass the markup
   and any textual content and MUST NOT change their behavior as a
   result of the markup's presence.

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   software SHOULD ignore the markup and process any text content of
   foreign elements as though the surrounding markup were not present.

6.4.  Extension Elements

   Metalink allows foreign markup anywhere in an Metalink document,
   except where it is explicitly forbidden.  Child elements of metalink:
   file and metalink:metalink are considered Metadata elements and are
   described below.  Child elements of Person constructs are considered
   to apply to the construct.  The role of other foreign markup is
   undefined by this specification.

6.4.1.  Simple Extension Elements

   A Simple Extension element MUST NOT have any attributes or child
   elements.  The element MAY contain character data or be empty.
   Simple Extension elements are not Language-Sensitive.

   simpleExtensionElement =
      element * - metalink:* {
         text
      }

   The element can be interpreted as a simple property (or name/value
   pair) of the parent element that encloses it.  The pair consisting of
   the namespace-URI of the element and the local name of the element
   can be interpreted as the name of the property.  The character data
   content of the element can be interpreted as the value of the
   property.  If the element is empty, then the property value can be
   interpreted as an empty string.

6.4.2.  Structured Extension Elements

   The root element of a Structured Extension element MUST have at least
   one attribute or child element.  It MAY have attributes, it MAY
   contain well-formed XML content (including character data), or it MAY
   be empty.  Structured Extension elements are Language-Sensitive.

   structuredExtensionElement =
      element * - metalink:* {
         (attribute * { text }+,
            (text|anyElement)*)
       | (attribute * { text }*,
          (text?, anyElement+, (text|anyElement)*))
      }

   The structure of a Structured Extension element, including the order
   of its child elements, could be significant.



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   This specification does not provide an interpretation of a Structured
   Extension element.  The syntax of the XML contained in the element
   (and an interpretation of how the element relates to its containing
   element) is defined by the specification of the Metalink extension.


7.  IANA Considerations

7.1.  XML Namespace Registration

   This document makes use of the XML registry specified in [RFC3688].
   Accordingly, IANA has made the following registration:

   Registration request for the Metalink namespace:

   URI: urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:metalink

   Registrant Contact: See the "Author's Address" section of this
   document.

   XML: None.  Namespace URIs do not represent an XML specification.

7.2.  application/metalink+xml MIME type

   A Metalink Document, when serialized as XML 1.0, can be identified
   with the following media type:

   MIME media type name:  application
   MIME subtype name:  metalink4+xml
   Mandatory parameters:  None.
   Optional parameters:
      "charset":  This parameter has semantics identical to the charset
         parameter of the "application/xml" media type as specified in
         [RFC3023].
   Encoding considerations:  Identical to those of "application/xml" as
      described in [RFC3023], Section 3.2.
   Security considerations:  As defined in this specification.
      In addition, as this media type uses the "+xml" convention, it
      shares the same security considerations as described in [RFC3023],
      Section 10.
   Interoperability considerations:  There are no known interoperability
      issues.
   Published specification:  This specification.
   Applications that use this media type:  No known applications
      currently use this media type.

   Additional information:




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   Magic number(s):  As specified for "application/xml" in [RFC3023],
      Section 3.2.
   File extension:  .metalink
   Fragment identifiers:  As specified for "application/xml" in
      [RFC3023], Section 5.
   Base URI:  As specified in [RFC3023], Section 6.
   Macintosh File Type code:  TEXT
   Person and email address to contact for further information:  Anthony
      Bryan <anthonybryan@gmail.com>
   Intended usage:  COMMON
   Author/Change controller:  IESG


8.  Security Considerations

   Publishers are encouraged to offer Metalink documents via
   authenticated HTTP under TLS as specified in [RFC2818].  Publishers
   are also encouraged to include digital signatures of the files within
   the Metalink Documents if they are available.

8.1.  URIs and IRIs

   Metalink Processors handle URIs and IRIs.  See Section 7 of [RFC3986]
   and Section 8 of [RFC3987] for security considerations related to
   their handling and use.

8.2.  Spoofing

   There is potential for spoofing attacks where the attacker publishes
   Metalink Documents with false information.  Malicious publishers
   might create Metalink Documents containing inaccurate information
   anywhere in the document.  At best, this could deceive unaware
   downloaders that they are downloading a malicious or worthless file.
   At worst, malicious publishers could attempt a distributed denial of
   service attack by inserting unrelated IRIs into Metalink Documents.

8.3.  Cryptographic Hashes

   Currently, some of the hash types defined in the IANA registry named
   "Hash Function Textual Names" are considered insecure.  These include
   the whole Message Digest family of algorithms which are not suitable
   for cryptographically strong verification.  Malicious people could
   provide files that appear to be identical to another file because of
   a collision, i.e. the weak cryptographic hashes of the intended file
   and a substituted malicious file could match.

   If a Metalink Document contains hashes, it SHOULD include "sha-1"
   which is SHA-1, as specified in [RFC3174].  It MAY also include other



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   hashes.

8.4.  Signing

   Metalink Documents SHOULD be signed using [REC-xmldsig-core] and are
   subject to the security considerations implied by its use.  This
   addresses the issue of spoofing.

   Digital signatures provide authentication, message integrity, and
   non-repudiation with proof of origin.


9.  References

9.1.  Normative References

   [BITTORRENT]
              Cohen, B., "The BitTorrent Protocol Specification",
              BITTORRENT 11031, February 2008,
              <http://www.bittorrent.org/beps/bep_0003.html>.

   [ISO3166-1]
              International Organization for Standardization, "ISO 3166-
              1:2006.  Codes for the representation of names of
              countries and their subdivisions -- Part 1: Country
              codes", November 2006.

   [REC-xml]  Yergeau, F., Paoli, J., Bray, T., Sperberg-McQueen, C.,
              and E. Maler, "Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0
              (Fourth Edition)", World Wide Web Consortium
              Recommendation REC-xml-20060816, August 2006,
              <http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/REC-xml-20060816>.

   [REC-xml-infoset]
              Cowan, J. and R. Tobin, "XML Information Set (Second
              Edition)", World Wide Web Consortium Recommendation REC-
              xml-infoset-20040204, February 2004,
              <http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/REC-xml-infoset-20040204>.

   [REC-xml-names]
              Hollander, D., Bray, T., Tobin, R., and A. Layman,
              "Namespaces in XML 1.0 (Second Edition)", World Wide Web
              Consortium Recommendation REC-xml-names-20060816,
              August 2006,
              <http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/REC-xml-names-20060816>.

   [REC-xmlbase]
              Marsh, J., "XML Base", W3C REC W3C.REC-xmlbase-20010627,



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              June 2001,
              <http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/REC-xmlbase-20010627>.

   [REC-xmldsig-core]
              Solo, D., Reagle, J., and D. Eastlake, "XML-Signature
              Syntax and Processing (Second Edition)", World Wide Web
              Consortium Recommendation REC-xmldsig-core-20080610,
              June 2008,
              <http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/REC-xmldsig-core-20080610>.

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.

   [RFC2818]  Rescorla, E., "HTTP Over TLS", RFC 2818, May 2000.

   [RFC3023]  Murata, M., St. Laurent, S., and D. Kohn, "XML Media
              Types", RFC 3023, January 2001.

   [RFC3174]  Eastlake, D. and P. Jones, "US Secure Hash Algorithm 1
              (SHA1)", RFC 3174, September 2001.

   [RFC3339]  Klyne, G. and C. Newman, "Date and Time on the Internet:
              Timestamps", RFC 3339, July 2002.

   [RFC3688]  Mealling, M., "The IETF XML Registry", BCP 81, RFC 3688,
              January 2004.

   [RFC3986]  Berners-Lee, T., Fielding, R., and L. Masinter, "Uniform
              Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax", STD 66,
              RFC 3986, January 2005.

   [RFC3987]  Duerst, M. and M. Suignard, "Internationalized Resource
              Identifiers (IRIs)", RFC 3987, January 2005.

   [RFC4646]  Phillips, A. and M. Davis, "Tags for Identifying
              Languages", BCP 47, RFC 4646, September 2006.

9.2.  Informative References

   [ISO.8601.1988]
              International Organization for Standardization, "Data
              elements and interchange formats - Information interchange
              - Representation of dates and times", ISO Standard 8601,
              June 1988.

   [RELAX-NG]
              Clark, J., "RELAX NG Compact Syntax", December 2001, <http
              ://www.oasis-open.org/committees/relax-ng/



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              compact-20021121.html>.

   [RFC4287]  Nottingham, M. and R. Sayre, "The Atom Syndication
              Format", RFC 4287, December 2005.

   [W3C.NOTE-datetime-19980827]
              Wolf, M. and C. Wicksteed, "Date and Time Formats", W3C
              NOTE NOTE-datetime-19980827, August 1998,
              <http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/NOTE-datetime-19980827>.

   [W3C.REC-xmlschema-2-20041028]
              Malhotra, A. and P. Biron, "XML Schema Part 2: Datatypes
              Second Edition", W3C REC REC-xmlschema-2-20041028,
              October 2004,
              <http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/REC-xmlschema-2-20041028>.


Appendix A.  Acknowledgements and Contributors

   The layout and content of this document relies heavily on work
   pioneered in the Atom Syndication Format as specified in [RFC4287].

   The following people contributed to preliminary versions of this
   document: Paul Burkhead, Kristian Weston, Darius Liktorius, Michael
   Burford, Giorgio Maone, Manuel Subredu, A. Bram Neijt, Max Velasques,
   Manolo Valdes, Urs Wolfer, Frederick Cheung, Nils Maier, Hampus
   Wessman, Hayden Legendre, Danny Ayers, Nick Dominguez, Rene
   Leonhardt, Per Oyvind Karlsen, Gary Zellerbach, James Clark, Daniel
   Stenberg, Matt Domsch, Chris Newman, Lisa Dusseault, Ian Macfarlane,
   Dave Cridland, Julian Reschke, Barry Leiba, Uri Blumenthal, Paul
   Hoffman, Felix Sasaki, Matthias Fuchs, Eran Hammer-Lahav, and Mark
   Nottingham.  The content and concepts within are a product of the
   Metalink community.

   The Metalink community has dozens of contributors who proposed ideas
   and wording for this document, or contributed to the evolution of
   Metalink, including:

   Nicolas Alvarez, Patrick Ruckstuhl, Sebastien Willemijns, Micah
   Cowan, Yazsoft, KGet developers, FDM Team, Orbit Team, Arne
   Babenhauserheide, Mathias Berchtold, Xienzhenyu and TheWorld Browser
   Team, Xi Software, Bridget and Ethan Fletcher, Ruben Kerkhof,
   Agostino Russo, Salvatore and Robin Musumeci, Steve and Rachel
   Eshelman, Lucas Hewett, Ryan and Darren Cronin, Dave Winquist, Bob
   Denison, Wes Shelton, Kees Cook, Josh Colbert, Steve Kleisath, Chad
   Neptune, Nick Carrabba, Chris Carrabba, Erin Solari, Derick Cordoba,
   Ryan Alexander, John Sowder, Sandra Amisano, Tom Mainville, Janie
   Wargo, Jason Hansen, Tim Bray, Dan Brickley, Markus Hofmann, Dan



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   Connolly, Tim Berners-Lee, Louis Suarez-Potts, Ross Smith, Jeff
   Covey, Ed Lee, Shawn Wilsher, Mike Connor, Johan Svedberg, Dedric
   Carter, James Antill, Debi Goulding, the Anthony Family, the Bryan
   Family, Juanita Anthony and Zimmy Bryan.


Appendix B.  RELAX NG Compact Schema

   This appendix is informative.

   The Relax NG schema explicitly excludes elements in the Metalink
   namespace that are not defined in this revision of the specification.
   Requirements for Metalink Processors encountering such markup are
   given in Sections 6.2 and 6.3.

   # -*- rnc -*-
   # RELAX NG Compact Syntax Grammar for the
   # Metalink Format Specification Version 4

   namespace local = ""
   namespace metalink = "urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:metalink"
   namespace xsd = "http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"

   # Common attributes

   metalinkCommonAttributes =
      attribute xml:base { metalinkUri }?,
      attribute xml:lang { metalinkLanguageTag }?,
      undefinedAttribute*

   # Text Constructs

   metalinkTextConstruct =
      metalinkCommonAttributes,
      text

   # Date Construct

   metalinkDateConstruct =
      metalinkCommonAttributes,
      xsd:dateTime

   start = metalinkMetalink

   metalinkMetalink =
      element metalink:metalink {
         metalinkCommonAttributes,
         (metalinkDynamic?



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          & metalinkFile+
          & metalinkGenerator?
          & metalinkOrigin?
          & metalinkPublished?
          & metalinkUpdated?
          & extensionElement*)
      }

   metalinkFile =
      element metalink:file {
         metalinkCommonAttributes,
         attribute name { text },
         (metalinkCopyright?
          & metalinkDescription?
          & metalinkIdentity?
          & metalinkHash*
          & metalinkLanguage?
          & metalinkLicense?
          & metalinkLogo?
          & metalinkMetaURL*
          & metalinkURL*
          & metalinkOS?
          & metalinkPieces*
          & metalinkPublisher?
          & metalinkSignature?
          & metalinkSize?
          & metalinkVersion?
          & extensionElement*)
      }

   metalinkPieces =
      element metalink:pieces {
         attribute length { xsd:integer },
         attribute type { text },
         metalinkHash+
      }

   metalinkCopyright =
      element metalink:copyright {
         metalinkTextConstruct
      }

   metalinkDescription =
      element metalink:description {
         metalinkTextConstruct
      }

   metalinkDynamic =



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      element metalink:dynamic {
         "true" | "false"
      }

   metalinkGenerator =
      element metalink:generator {
         metalinkTextConstruct
      }

   metalinkHash =
        element metalink:hash {
          attribute type { text }?,
          text
        }

   metalinkIdentity =
      element metalink:identity {
         metalinkTextConstruct
      }

   metalinkLanguage =
      element metalink:language {
         metalinkTextConstruct
      }

   metalinkLicense =
      element metalink:license {
         metalinkCommonAttributes,
         attribute url { metalinkUri }?,
         attribute name { text }?
      }

   metalinkLogo =
      element metalink:logo {
         metalinkCommonAttributes,
         (metalinkUri)
      }

   metalinkMetaURL =
      element metalink:metaurl {
         metalinkCommonAttributes,
         attribute preference { xsd:integer }?,
         attribute type { text },
         attribute name { text }?,
         metalinkUri
      }

   metalinkOrigin =



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      element metalink:origin {
         metalinkCommonAttributes,
         (metalinkUri)
      }

   metalinkOS =
      element metalink:os {
         metalinkTextConstruct
      }

   metalinkPublished =
      element metalink:published {
         metalinkDateConstruct
      }

   metalinkPublisher =
      element metalink:publisher {
         metalinkCommonAttributes,
         attribute url { metalinkUri }?,
         attribute name { text }?
      }

   metalinkSignature =
      element metalink:signature {
         attribute type { "pgp" },
         metalinkTextConstruct
      }

   metalinkSize =
      element metalink:size {
         metalinkTextConstruct
      }

   metalinkUpdated =
      element metalink:updated {
         metalinkDateConstruct
      }

   metalinkURL =
      element metalink:url {
         metalinkCommonAttributes,
         attribute location { xsd:string {
            minLength = "2"  maxLength="2"}
         }?,
         attribute preference { xsd:integer }?,
         metalinkUri
      }




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   metalinkVersion =
      element metalink:version {
         metalinkTextConstruct
      }

   # As defined in RFC 3066 and compatible with RFC 4646
   metalinkLanguageTag = xsd:string {
      pattern = "[A-Za-z]{1,8}(-[A-Za-z0-9]{1,8})*"
   }

   # Unconstrained; it's not entirely clear how IRI fit into
   # xsd:anyURI so let's not try to constrain it here
   metalinkUri = text

   # Simple Extension

   simpleExtensionElement =
      element * - metalink:* {
         text
      }

   # Structured Extension

   structuredExtensionElement =
      element * - metalink:* {
         (attribute * { text }+,
            (text|anyElement)*)
       | (attribute * { text }*,
          (text?, anyElement+, (text|anyElement)*))
      }

   # Other Extensibility

   extensionElement =
      simpleExtensionElement | structuredExtensionElement

   undefinedAttribute =
     attribute * - (xml:base | xml:lang | local:*) { text }

   undefinedContent = (text|anyForeignElement)*

   anyElement =
      element * {
         (attribute * { text }
          | text
          | anyElement)*
      }




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   anyForeignElement =
      element * - metalink:* {
         (attribute * { text }
          | text
          | anyElement)*
   }

   # EOF


Appendix C.  Document History (to be removed by RFC Editor before
             publication)

   [[ to be removed by the RFC editor before publication as an RFC. ]]

   Updated versions can be found at
   http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-bryan-metalink with frequent updates
   in Subversion at
   http://metalinks.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/metalinks/internetdraft/

   Known issues concerning this draft:
   o  None.

   -13 : August 21, 2009.
   o  Remove files, resources, verification container elements.
   o  MIME type: application/metalink4+xml

   -12 : August 18, 2009.
   o  Remove "piece" attribute from hash elements in pieces container
      elements.
   o  Rename "uri" attribute of license and publisher elements to "url".

   -11 : August 08, 2009.
   o  Renamed type element (static or dynamic values) to dynamic element
      (true or false values).
   o  Removed metadata inheritance and most other elements from files
      element.

   -10 : July 28, 2009.
   o  Schema fixes.
   o  Rename metadata element to metaurl, add name attribute to it
      similar to file element's name attribute.
   o  Update REC-xmldsig-core reference to second edition.

   -09 : July 11, 2009.
   o  Replace ISO639-2 references with RFC 4646.





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   o  Add ISO3166-1.

   -08 : July 04, 2009.
   o  Clarifications.
   o  Remove "uri" and "version" attributes from generator element.

   -07 : June 18, 2009.
   o  This ID describes the Metalink document format/schema.
   o  Remove "Client Implementation Considerations" section.
   o  Expand "Known issues" section of Document History.

   -06 : March 3, 2009.
   o  Add authors and this Document History section.

   -05 : January 13, 2009.
   o  Clarifications.

   -04 : December 31, 2008.
   o  New IPR notice as required by IETF.
   o  Correct "metalink:pieces" Element text.
   o  Add hash examples.
   o  Slim down "Securing Metalink Documents" section.
   o  Recommend at least SHA-1.

   -03 : September 19, 2008.
   o  New namespace - urn:ietf:params:xml:ns:metalink
   o  Use the IANA registry named "Operating System Names" to define
      values for OS types.
   o  Add "Client Implementation Considerations" section, which includes
      Content Negotiation.

   -02 : September 4, 2008.
   o  Use the IANA registry named "Hash Function Textual Names" for hash
      types.
   o  metadata Element for listing .torrent, .metalink, etc.
   o  Remove type attribute for url Element.

   -01 : August 28, 2008.
   o  Clarify directory info in name attribute, hash types, add text for
      preference attribute.

   -00 : August 23, 2008.
   o  Initial draft; Text largely based on RFC 4287, ideas from Metalink
      3.0 specification.


Index




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   A
      application/metalink+xml Media Type  22

   C
      copyright XML element  12

   D
      description XML element  12

   F
      file XML element  9

   G
      generator XML element  13
      Grammar
         metalinkCommonAttributes  7
         metalinkCopyright  12
         metalinkDateConstruct  8
         metalinkDescription  12
         metalinkFile  10
         metalinkGenerator  13
         metalinkHash  13
         metalinkIdentity  14
         metalinkLanguage  15
         metalinkLicense  15
         metalinkLogo  15
         metalinkMetalink  9
         metalinkOrigin  17
         metalinkOS  17
         metalinkPieces  11
         metalinkPublished  17
         metalinkPublisher  17
         metalinkSignature  18
         metalinkSize  18
         metalinkTextConstruct  7
         metalinkType  13
         metalinkUpdated  18
         metalinkURL  16, 19
         metalinkVersion  19
         simpleExtensionElement  21
         structuredExtensionElement  21

   H
      hash XML element  13

   I
      identity XML element  14




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   L
      language XML element  14
      license XML element  15
      logo XML element  15

   M
      Media Type
         application/metalink+xml  22
      metadata XML element  15
      metalink XML element  8
      metalinkCommonAttributes grammar production  7
      metalinkCopyright grammar production  12
      metalinkDateConstruct grammar production  8
      metalinkDescription grammar production  12
      metalinkFile grammar production  10
      metalinkGenerator grammar production  13
      metalinkHash grammar production  13
      metalinkIdentity grammar production  14
      metalinkLanguage grammar production  15
      metalinkLicense grammar production  15
      metalinkLogo grammar production  15
      metalinkMetalink grammar production  9
      metalinkOrigin grammar production  17
      metalinkOS grammar production  17
      metalinkPieces grammar production  11
      metalinkPublished grammar production  17
      metalinkPublisher grammar production  17
      metalinkSignature grammar production  18
      metalinkSize grammar production  18
      metalinkTextConstruct grammar production  7
      metalinkType grammar production  13
      metalinkUpdated grammar production  18
      metalinkURL grammar production  16, 19
      metalinkVersion grammar production  19

   O
      origin XML element  16
      os XML element  17

   P
      pieces XML element  11
      published XML element  17
      publisher XML element  17

   S
      signature XML element  18
      simpleExtensionElement grammar production  21
      size XML element  18



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      structuredExtensionElement grammar production  21

   T
      type XML element  12

   U
      updated XML element  18
      url XML element  19

   V
      version XML element  19

   X
      XML Elements
         copyright  12
         description  12
         entry  9
         generator  13
         hash  13
         identity  14
         language  14
         license  15
         logo  15
         metadata  15
         metalink  8
         origin  16
         os  17
         pieces  11
         published  17
         publisher  17
         signature  18
         size  18
         type  12
         updated  18
         url  19
         version  19


Authors' Addresses

   Anthony Bryan (editor)
   Metalinker Project

   Email: anthonybryan@gmail.com
   URI:   http://www.metalinker.org






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   Tatsuhiro Tsujikawa
   Metalinker Project

   Email: tatsuhiro.t@gmail.com
   URI:   http://aria2.sourceforge.net


   Neil McNab
   Metalinker Project

   Email: nabber00@gmail.com
   URI:   http://www.nabber.org


   Peter Poeml
   Novell, Inc.

   Email: info@mirrorbrain.org
   URI:   http://www.mirrorbrain.org/
































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