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Re: Proposal for an "address:" URI Scheme

From: Aaron Swartz <aswartz@swartzfam.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 19:34:02 -0600
To: "Sean B. Palmer" <sean@mysterylights.com>, <uri@w3.org>
CC: <www-talk@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B6D6C9A9.2534F%aswartz@swartzfam.com>
Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com> wrote:

> address:U.S.A./MA%2002139/Cambridge/545%20Tech%20Square/World%20Wide%2
> 0Web%20Consortium/

Hmm, an interesting idea. Well, considering that the syntax of an address is
specified (or not) by the country, perhaps it should be better written as:

address://us/...

where the authority section is the ISO (or whatever) two-letter country
code. 

> address:US/MA%2002139/Cambridge/545%20Tech%20Square/W3C/

An even more abbreviated from (since zip codes are unambiguous within the
US) would be:

address://us/02139/545%20Tech%20Square/W3C/

(seeAlso: http://www.usps.gov/ncsc/lookups/lookup_ctystzip.html)

And I don't like address too much, to much URI is a name/address confusion.
How about something like location: or place:? And you should probably throw
in a lat/long authority for good measure. Oh, and to be really extensible
you should add provisions for other planets.

"address: are assumed to be on planet Earth except when specified
otherwise."

;-) 

Do other planets get to use the triple slash?

    address:///Jupiter//base1/outpost5/Joe%20Bloggs


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