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Re: Error handling in URIs

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 20:50:41 +0000 (UTC)
To: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Cc: URI <uri@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0806252049040.13974@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Wed, 25 Jun 2008, John Cowan wrote:
> Ian Hickson scripsit:
> > I need a term to use in the HTML5 spec which means "a string used to 
> > identify a resource", and which can then be defined to be valid if it 
> > matches the conditions listed above. The term has to be one that authors 
> > would immediately recognise as being intended to be URI-like, yet without 
> > conflicting with existing definitions. If you disagree with the use of the 
> > term "URL" for this purpose, do you have any alternative suggestions?
> How about HTML Resource Identifier, or HRI?

I think that the confusion of introducing a new term would be greater than 
the confusion of reusing URL. People intuitively know what a "URL" 
basically is, and they know what an "address" is. They don't know what an 
"HRI" is and I think that would work against the readability of the spec. 
(This is especially important for this particular term since it appears 
all over the place in HTML5.)

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