Re: Upgrading the news URL

Dan Fabulich (
Mon, 10 Mar 1997 17:10:10 -0800

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Date: Mon, 10 Mar 1997 17:10:10 -0800
From: Dan Fabulich <>
To: Albert Lunde <>
Subject: Re: Upgrading the news URL

Albert Lunde wrote:

> HTTP 1.1 provides for byte-ranges within an HTTP request, but not
> within a URL. There are serious technical questions as to what
> it means to link to a byte-range of a file, for MIME types other
> than plain text. (An arbitrary byte-range section of,say,
> an HTML or PDF file is not a complete document, in general.)

True.  Fortunately, Usenet is mostly plaintext for now, so it wouldn't
pose much of a problem.

> I think there are servers like John Franks wn server ...

Perhaps, but it would be a heck of a lot simpler to change the news URL
than it would be to upgrade every news server across the Internet.

> If you are doing server-specific hacks it might make more
> sense to use the nntp: or http: schemes to serve up articles
> since the news: scheme in effect assumes any news server is
> as good as any other.

That's the idea, actually.  This could work on any news server on any
system anywhere on the Internet.

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