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Re: URIs which identify multiple resources?

From: Michael Mealling <michael@neonym.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 16:19:07 -0500
To: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Cc: Michael Mealling <michael@neonym.net>, uri@w3.org
Message-ID: <20020404161907.R20189@bailey.dscga.com>
On Thu, Apr 04, 2002 at 01:13:07PM -0800, Mark Nottingham wrote:
> On Thursday, April 4, 2002, at 12:49  PM, Michael Mealling wrote:
> >
> >The first paragraph of the Introduction in RFC2368 not withstanding, I
> >think both documents identify an action ("send mail this way", or "send
> >an sms this way") instead of actual mailboxes or end points.  I would
> >prefer documents to be precise about what they actually identify but
> >as long as they do so and people use the identifier in a way consistent
> >with that statement then I think its ok....
> I'm a bit surprised by this; I had though that it was agreed that mailto 
> specifically does not specify an action, but only identifies a mailbox; 
> it's up to the consumer of the URI to determine what to do with it when 
> it's dereferenced.

If it identified just the actual mailbox then you shouldn't be able to 
specify things like a Subject since mailboxes don't have Subjects. 
Maybe the word 'action' is wrong. Hmm... the 'message' itself? 
I dunno how to say it exactly. But 'mailbox' isn't right either....

> >In other words, the SMS document has it right: the URI here identifies
> >and "SMS message" not the end point for an SMS message. An end point is
> >needed as part of an "SMS message" in order to be meaninful but it isn't
> >the end point that's being identified.
> Where does it say this? The abstract says
>    This memo specifies a URI (Universal Resource Identifier) scheme
>    "sms" for specifying a recipient (and optionally a gateway) for an
>    SMS message.
> I'd think that identifying messages is best left to mechanisms like 
> mid's.

If its only a recipient then how can it contain the body of the message 
that's going to be sent to the recipient(s)?


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