re: Overloaded URIs must GO!
At 11:09 AM 5/28/1999 -0400, David Megginson wrote: >1. URNs don't really exist, or at least, last I checked, there was no > authoritative specification of the different URN schemes (without > which URNs are worthless). URNs have been under development for > most of the 1990s with few tangible results, and I'm growing > slightly skeptical. > Can you clarify what you mean by "no authoritative specification of the different URN schemes"? I know that some of the IETF's URN Working Group documents are still in draft, but even the drafts are almost done, and there's certainly enough there to build a fully functioning URN resolution system. I know of at least a few large organizations that are starting to make serious use of URNs (including Library of Congress), and we're working on integrating URN resolution systems at the library here at Berkeley. I'd agree that URNs aren't exactly widely used at this point and the adoption curve has been slow, but adoption curves on technologies whose value increases based on the number of other people using it are always slow, even if the technology has obvious merit. How many people are using IP v6 yet, despite the fact that the IPv6 recommendation was first adopted back in 1994? There are times that I suspect that we all take this notion of "Internet Time" way too seriously. Things seem to be getting to the point where if something can't be specified, implemented and receive wide adoption (or at least wide-spread approval) in a year, people consider it a failure. There are a lot of worthwhile projects that take longer than that. I'm beginning to get worried that a lot of beneficial work in the SGML/XML community will get abandoned just because it doesn't match some artificial notion of how long it should take for a technology to be adopted. OK, enough digressing for one day.... Jerome McDonough -- jmcdonou@l... | (......) Library Systems Office, 386 Doe, U.C. Berkeley | \ * * / Berkeley, CA 94720-6000 (510) 642-5168 | \ <> / "Well, it looks easy enough...." | \ -- / SGNORMPF!!! -- From the Famous Last Words file | |||| 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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