Re: LYNX-DEV problem with 'news' url draft

David Woolley (
Sun, 8 Mar 1998 10:26:34 +0000 (GMT)

From: David Woolley <>
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To: (Phil Peterson)
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 1998 10:26:34 +0000 (GMT)
Cc:, uri@Bunyip.Com,
In-Reply-To: <> from "Phil Peterson" at Mar 7, 98 11:11:39 am
Subject: Re: LYNX-DEV problem with 'news' url draft

> > but Netscape destroyed the distinction
> > between nntp and new and I think that has now been officially sanctioned.
> I don't understand what distinction we destroyed. Would you care to say
> more about that?

news: refers to the global (message-id) namespace of USENET, whereas
nntp refers to the local NNTP (article number) namespace of a named
server.  Navigator, but not MSIE started using news: for both, with
the result that, with the proliferation of isolated NNTP systems, a lot
of people providing product support through the NNTP protocol started
to use news: instead of nntp: and effectively locked out clients other
than Netscape.

Effectively news: assumes real push technology, where the articles are pushed
out to every *USENET* server in the world, whereas nntp: assumed that you
pulled from the home server.

My understanding is that the nntp: functionality has now been merged with
news: to bring the standards into line with the de facto position.

In some ways this is like LDAP v3 v X.500, in that again one unified
distributed system is being replaced by lots of islands, for which you
need to know the server before you can connect.