RE: Registered Namespace prefixes
> -----Original Message----- > From: Gavin Thomas Nicol [mailto:gtn@r...] > On Wednesday 26 February 2003 12:54 pm, Jeff Lowery wrote: > > My opinion is that the answer lies in a prefix registry > Why do you need one? If you register foo: as a prefix, so you > can then do > foo:bar, why not simply register foo:bar instead? That would address a different use case: to guarantee the uniqueness (and associations of) each universal name (I won't call it expanded name, since there's nothing to expand). The prefix registry is NO MORE THAN a short-string repository. THE ONLY SEMANTIC is that ownership is designated as belonging to a registree. WHILE IT IS POSSIBLE to store association information (such as internet domain, local names, RDDL documents, etc.), those extensions should not be "core". > FWIW. I > can't see the value > in either... neither guarantees any kind of interpretation. Precisely, that IS its value: there's very little interpretation to be made about the information stored. Any interpretations one cares to add are outside the scope of the registry. This makes the registry simple and economical to maintain. It need be no more complex than web site registries that are around today. The one possible exception is that it may be very desirable to query the registry FOR THE SOLE REASON of establishing whether a candidate prefix is already registered, and to know who registered it. [Sorry 'bout the caps, but people seem to be missing the point of the original proposal. Since I'm unable to articulate it better, I'll just articulate it louder.] -- Jeff
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