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Re: Rewrite of feature tag syntax rules

From: Albert Lunde <albert-lunde@nwu.edu>
Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 9:07:30 CDT
Message-Id: <199705161408.AA287261728@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
To: http-wg@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com
> Combining all the bad things people have said about URIs in this
> thread, we might conclude that the URI namespace is so broken that new
> protocols should not attempt to re-use it.  This seems like a strange
> conclusion to me, but then I am not a URI specialist.

Considering the original objectives of URLs (use subset of US-ASCII
characters that would survive e-mail gateways, something humans
could write on paper) and the things that had to be factored
in for backward compatiblity with existing systems and protocols
(mix of case-sensitive/case-insensitive elements, various
reserved characters), the idea that the URI name space is
a bit "broken" seems reasonable to me.

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    Albert Lunde                      Albert-Lunde@nwu.edu
Received on Friday, 16 May 1997 07:10:33 EDT

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