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Re: Attributes in Prelim DAV Spec

From: Daniel W. Connolly <connolly@beach.w3.org>
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 1996 15:45:48 -0400
Message-Id: <199611111945.TAA09715@beach.w3.org>
To: Yaron Goland <yarong@microsoft.com>
cc: "'Charlie Brooks'" <cbrooks@osf.org>, "'w3c-dist-auth@w3.org'" <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
In message <c=US%a=_%p=msft%l=RED-44-MSG-961111190130Z-30364@INET-02-IMC.micros
oft.com>, Yaron Goland writes:
>Nothing. It's a question of aesthetics. 

Using <> characters will be expensive in deployment.
If we all we get is nicer looking URLs, then I think it's
not worth it.

But I think there is somthing to it: if we adopt Charlie's
suggestion, then what about existing URLs with ; in them.
That is, suppose I've got a document I've been publishing
as:
	http://foo.org/docs;id=27

for years, and now I want to add attribute functionality
to my service. What's the address of the 'author' address
of the doc above? Is it:

	http://foo.org/docs;id=27;attribute=author

I suppose that could work, but it make the server's job pretty hard:
the server might have to try lots of different ways of splitting the
URL between the attribute part and the base resouce part.

Worse yet: what if somebody is already using the name:

	http://foo.org/docs;attribute=XYZ

for something else? Is that a problem?

Dan

>>From:	Charlie Brooks [SMTP:cbrooks@osf.org]
>>Sent:	Monday, November 11, 1996 9:03 AM
>>To:	w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
>>Subject:	RE: Attributes in Prelim DAV Spec
>>
>>At 08:44 AM 11/11/96 PST, Judith Slein wrote:
>>>
>>>URI = (absoluteURI | relativeURI) *("<" Attribute ">") ["#" fragment]
>>>
>>
>>What problems would arise if we were to utilize existing URI syntax instead
>>of inventing something new? What about 
>>
>>	http://host/some/path;attribute=Abstract.author
Received on Monday, 11 November 1996 14:40:28 GMT

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