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Re: tags

From: Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 22:55:58 +0200
To: "ext dan@dantobias.com" <dan@dantobias.com>, ext Tim Kindberg <timothy@hpl.hp.com>, URN <urn-ietf@lists.netsol.com>, URI <uri@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B874EFFE.C327%patrick.stickler@nokia.com>

I am working on a paper that outlines the URI schemes based
on their potential applications, and hope to have that
done by the end of February (unfortunately, I have to fit
it in and around alot of other, higher priority work).

But when it gets near final draft stage, I'll post it here
for folks to rip up (er, comment on ;-)



On 2002-01-23 21:34, "ext dan@dantobias.com" <dan@dantobias.com> wrote:

> On 23 Jan 2002 at 21:00, Patrick Stickler wrote:
>> But since tag: is not a hierarchical URI scheme, one cannot use
>> existing APIs and libraries that are able to recognize and parse
>> hierarchical URIs. You then have to roll your own for the tag
>> scheme, and any other scheme that "allows" you to have proprietary
>> hierarchical syntax.
> To what purpose would one wish to have software automatically parse
> out the hierarchical levels of a non-URL URI?  Even with URLs, with
> their specified hierarchy, you can't always reach a useful resource
> by simply paring off levels from the hierarchy, though users
> sometimes try it in their attempts to get around sites with poor
> navigation structures.  (There's a Bugzilla entry for the Mozilla
> browser that suggests adding an "Up" button that does this hierarchy
> slicing, with much debate over whether this is desirable or not --
> many seem to think power users will find it useful but novices will
> get too confused.)  While this has some (intermittent) utility for
> URL navigation, what purpose would it serve for other URI types?
> In general, I'd like to see more detailed description in the
> proposals for new URI schemes and URN namespaces of just what
> purposes these schemes can be used for.  There are lots of intriguing
> ideas for namespaces in these proposals, but they tend to be rather
> light on specifics about just what practical use they are.  Some
> concrete examples of uses to which they may be put would be helpful.
> --
> Dan
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