RE: Paul has volunteered (was Re: Overloaded URIs must GO!)
Hi Tim, Tim said: No. The IETF docs explain how a URI may be used to reference a resource on the Web. They further say that URIs are in fact designed to facilitate this process. There is nothing in there I've seen stating that they *must* be so used, nor that they may not be used for other purposes. Or am I missing something? -Tim Didier says: Here we are. I remember a good discussion (within IETF groups) we got about URIs and a lack of a RFC explaining the role of each. We didn't reached consensus and the result today... we are right in the problem :-)) I remember that the main point is the name. Read attentively the following name: U_niversal R_esource L_ocator The name itself self describe in the sense that it is used to express a location, a "place". At contrario, a U_niversal R_esource N_ame Is a "name". The former explicitely contains the meaning of a location. The latter the explicitely the meaning of a "name" and not of a location. For instance, I may use the URN convention to express the inventory record identifiers or as identifier for some collection organized in a typical name space. There is no intrinsic problem, per se, with calling a car a spoon, it is simply inconvenient when we want to ask to fill our "spoon" with gas :-))). Just imagine yourself having to answer to a newby that the Universal Resource Locator do not indicate a location. But, if we want to express a location with a URL, its made for this. So, if the name space reference uses a URL and that no document is at the other end, it is like a 404 error (in the case of the HTTP protocol). Or like having a rendez-vous but nobody came to it :-) regards Didier PH Martin mailto:martind@n... http://www.netfolder.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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