Re: FPIs to URNs
At 10:07 AM 12/4/96 -0700, you wrote:
>Thus spoke firstname.lastname@example.org (at least at 09:07 PM 12/3/96 EST)
>Ron Daniel(forwarded by Jon Bosak) said:
>>> the N2C
>>> CGI script [...] starts to
>>> build a custom SOCAT on-the-fly by trolling through its huge
>>> catalog and only returning entries that match.
I would worry about any single, central catalog, such as is being designed.
You are asking for all the name-space problems which are plaguing InterNIC
etc. currently. How would GCA, etc. administer such a system? Where would
the funding come from? If you desire XML to be used in place of HTML,
expect a huge load on such a server. A central server such as is being
talked about would quickly become a bottleneck.
I do like the idea of some method of distributed FPI name lookup, as is
being discussed, and think it would be an amazingly useful tool. I also
believe it is worthy a discussion-group/mailing-list of its own, if that is
what is people are looking for. An issue as complex as that should not be
the concern of the XML-wg. We should, for now, just say that the
application (or parser?) should provide some means to lookup names, and
maybe provide some guidelines, base criteria.
The ideas being tossed around are great. I would want them. I just don't
think it is reasonable to demand them _right_now_.
Behavior such as Panorama where the catalog is the responsibility of the
document provider should suffice for XML-1.0. Anything more would just make
the first applications even longer in the arriving.
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