Re: Paul has volunteered (was Re: Overloaded URIs must GO!)
At 02:05 PM 5/31/99 -0500, Paul Prescod wrote: >I'm talking specifically about the definition of HTTP URLs. > >"The HTTP URL scheme is used to designate Internet resources accessible >using HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol)." > >(I guess from a formal logic perspective it should end with "and no >others") No, that's not a "formal logic" change, that's a huge basic semantic change. If the IETF had wanted to forbid people using these for other purposes, they should say so. Note that one of the co-editors of the URI RFC is one T. Berners-Lee, who among other things signed off on the namespace spec. >If you use them to designate non-Internet resources NOT accessible by HTTP >then I consider that an obvious abuse, even if the HTTP spec. isn't >sufficiently anal to disallow the practice from a formal logic >perspective. Uh, namespace URIs do not designate resources. The namespace spec is crystal-clear on this. They serve as names, that's all. >Otherwise I could put http:// URLs on my website and say: "Oh, you were >supposed to interpret those as gopher URLs. The URL spec. doesn't disallow >that you know!" That analogy is bogus - the semantic of a URL, when used in a web hyperlink, is well-defined. We are not specifying that the namespace URI be used as anything but a string, for comparison purposes. There is no convincing evidence that this violates the letter or spirit of any standard anywhere. -Tim 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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