RE: Paul has volunteered (was Re: Overloaded URIs must GO!)
Hunter, David writes: > I agree. But from reading the previous postings, the point seems > to be "we need to use a protocol, and HTTP is the only one we've > got at the moment, so we should use it for our URIs". Actually, that's not it. The point is that ordinary people (not just domain-name owners, or book publishers, etc.) need to be able to construct Namespace URIs, and those URIs have to be guaranteed unique, at least at the moment that they construct them. A very convenient (if inadequately persistent) way to accomplish that is to build Namespace URIs based on the URLs for Internet space to which people already have access rights. Access rights are based on protocol as well as domain and branch, so there has to be some link to the protocol somewhere. URLs don't have to use the HTTP protocol; I suppose that you could even build a namespace on a mailto:, though I'm not sure what it would look like. Some day (perhaps very soon) URNs will also become usable as Namespace URIs, but they're not there yet, unless you expect ordinary people to start registering NIDs with IANA. URNs are still missing that last tiny step for usability. All the best, David -- David Megginson david@m... http://www.megginson.com/ xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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