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Re: The lost meaning of the HTTP protocol in URIs

From: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 15:50:00 +0100
Cc: Stefano Mazzocchi <stefano@apache.org>, Public W3C <www-archive@w3.org>
To: seth@robustai.net
Message-Id: <B445CEE9-F030-11D7-BE7B-000A9580D8C0@w3.org>
(sorry this email was delayed while I was traveling - in  heap of 
On Monday, Sep 15, 2003, at 11:58 US/Eastern, Seth Russell wrote:

> Tim Berners-Lee wrote:
> The XSLT namespace is in fact
> http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform
> An engineer who comes across a document which
> uses that namespace can look it up, and get information
> leading him or her to the XSTL specification.
> Ok, I found it :)  by a little human googeling around. 


If I  click on the namespace URI,  I get a page saying

"""This is an XML namespace defined in the XSL Transformations (XSLT) 
Version 1.0 specification.
"" "

with a link to the spec itself.  For a *human* user, that's pretty 
direct, isn't it?

> In the semantic web, information can be used not only be
> a person, but by a machine.
> But I doubt that a machine could have found it, based on the 
> information returned from that URI.  :(   It's just so very 
> dissappointing that even the W3C has not seen fit to provide a 
> standard path from a namespace URI to a normative specification 
> document - if for no other purpose than just to show them to humans.

We are trying!   It is slow when an area spans very different user 

> Seth Russell
Received on Friday, 26 September 2003 10:50:10 UTC

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