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Background, requirements and use cases

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 13:43:35 -0700
Message-Id: <c7270c00aae5e00d3b34b7872bb05864@mnot.net>
To: public-web-http-desc@w3.org

A few other relevant links;

* WIDL - http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-widl
People have been thinking about this for a while :)

* URISpace - http://www.w3.org/TR/urispace.html
A generic configuration format for Web intermediaries, clients and 
servers. Our first use case was configuring Akamai servers for 
customers (this is the basis of what they use today); we also proposed 
its use in P3P for the "well-known location" format. It's more about 
describing a space of URIs than individual resources, but that's one of 
the more important -- and in some proposals, most overlooked -- aspect 
of describing the Web.

* Use Cases for Web Description Formats - 
Talking about why we need a description format for the Web, and the 
different facets of the requirements that leads to.

* Questions Leading to a Web Description Format - 
Continuation of the use cases discussion.

* Tarawa - http://www.mnot.net/tarawa/
This is an early version of an API that maps Web resources directly to 
objects; i.e., HTTP methods map to methods on the object, the object 
has a 'children' property which contains a dictionary of resource names 
and Resource instances. This approach to HTTP brings some specific 
requirements, such as being able to easily figure out the resource 

Mark Nottingham     http://www.mnot.net/
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