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Re: Proposed Quality Tip -- Time in URIs (was URI Usability)

From: Brian Kelly <B.Kelly@ukoln.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 08:46:16 +0100
Message-ID: <1082015176.407e3dc85f38a@webmail.bath.ac.uk>
To: Alex Rousskov <rousskov@measurement-factory.com>
Cc: Rajasekaran Deepak <deepakr@students.iiit.net>, "" <www-qa@w3.org>

I also agree with Olivier's points.

It occurs to me that it might be useful to provide some examples of unusual
occurences.  For example I sometimes use URIs which have a month and year date
(if the day is unclear).  The draft tip does not cover this.  ISmilarly I also
sometime use just years (e.g. for talks at annual conferences, such as
There is also a need sometimes to use periouids of time e.g. a URI containing
news items for 2004, for April 2004, for April 2003-2004, etc. How should these
be covered.

Rather than getting bogged down in such complexity, it might be better if the
draft tip reduces its scope by saying the tip covers the use of simple date
fields in URIs and does not cover periods, etc.

It's clearly essential that the tip does not say MUST - as Oliview has


Quoting Alex Rousskov <rousskov@measurement-factory.com>:

> On Thu, 15 Apr 2004, olivier Thereaux wrote:
> >
> > On Apr 14, 2004, at 04:43, Rajasekaran Deepak wrote:
> > > Proposed quality tip: "Time in URIs"
> > > <http://students.iiit.net/~deepakr/time-uri/>
> > > (with '<base href="http://www.w3.org/QA/Tips/" />' and related changes)
> >
> > Thanks for this contribution.
> >
> > When reading this draft tip, I come to wonder if the goals of the tips
> > have been made very clear. The material in the tip is interesting, but
> > there are a few mistakes that probably come from a misunderstanding of
> > the idea of quick tips.
> > <snip>
> FWIW, I completely agree with Olivier's review and had very similar
> thoughts when reading the tip draft. I am glad I do not have to write
> them up now :-). For the title, something like "How to put dates in
> URIs" may be more appropriate than a somewhat misleading/overloaded
> "dated URIs".
> Thank you,
> Alex.

Brian Kelly
University of Bath
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