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Re: Globalizing URIs

From: Gavin Nicol <gtn@ebt.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Aug 1995 14:20:43 -0400
Message-Id: <199508031820.OAA16576@ebt-inc.ebt.com>
To: ietf-lists@proper.com
Cc: html-wg@oclc.org, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
>I disagree. The person in charge of www.jacme.co.jp is in charge of
>creating the object-name part of the URLs. They can make up unambiguous
>names. End users don't make up URLs, or if they do, they shouldn't assume
>anything about how the server will respond to their requests.
This is not always true. The [EUC] part could specify one of a myriad
different coded character sets and encodings, with the following
octect string being different for each as well. I think it
unreasonable to expect the administrator to maintain a database of all
possible alias.

In addition, I really do think there needs to be a standard way of
specifying this kind of data. An example of *why* is spiders: they
walk all over the net indexing pages, and some of online indexes
display URL's as part of the textual data. Without a standard way of
specifying the coded character set and encoding, the URL's would
always have to be displayed in thier raw form.

>However, it should not be a change to the current URL RFC at this
>very late date. Feel free to create a seperate draft that describes
>this as an optional naming convention. 

Well, I can sympathise with this position. The change I recommend
is backward compatible, and will be part of the upcoming I18N RFC.
Received on Thursday, 3 August 1995 11:22:45 UTC

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