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Comments on Working Draft 5 July 2004 - Avoiding URI aliases

From: Renato Iannella <renato@iannella.it>
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2004 14:33:45 +1000
Message-Id: <FFCAF253-D097-11D8-86F9-00306541C018@iannella.it>
To: public-webarch-comments@w3.org

In section 2.3.1, it states that it is good practice to "Avoid URI 
aliases".

However, many sites (including W3C) enjoy the practice of utilising 
URIs for version
control over documents. Like the Web Architecture document itself with:

This version:     http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-webarch-20040705/
Latest version:   http://www.w3.org/TR/webarch/
Previous version: http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/WD-webarch-20031209/

Obviously, the first two URIs are aliases. And on the 9th Dec 2003,
the last two URIs were also aliases. And, interestingly, depending on
the day of the year, the middle URI could return one of many
different (versions) of the document.

I've found the above practice quite acceptable (so does W3C and many 
others?).
So, why is there a "practice" against it?

Cheers

Renato Iannella
http://renato.iannella.it
Received on Thursday, 8 July 2004 00:47:13 UTC

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