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[Bug 7392] Please use some term other than "URL" for Web Addresses

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Larry Masinter <lmm@acm.org> changed:

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--- Comment #8 from Larry Masinter <lmm@acm.org>  2010-03-18 17:35:36 ---
I added comments to Bug 8116 
(http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=8116 ) which doesn't seem to be
linked here.

Note that change proposal
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2010Feb/0882.html for ISSUE-56
(http://www.w3.org/html/wg/tracker/issues/56) at least explains that this
specification uses "URL" in ways different than the rest of the web community
(and also, by using URL for relative forms) in ways that are not even common in
the public literature.

Note also that the IETF document draft-ietf-iri-3987bis
(http://tools.ietf.org/wg/iri/draft-ietf-iri-3987bis/) contains advice about
using "URL" in formal documents, and there is a bug report
http://trac.tools.ietf.org/wg/iri/trac/ticket/9 which discusses that issue.

Since the response to this bug was "We (the standards community) really need to
give up on this naming nonsense and just go back to URL, which is what everyone
else calls them.", it would seem appropriate get the standards community to
follow that advice.

See also
http://masinter.blogspot.com/2010/03/resources-are-angels-urls-are-pins.html
for some history.


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