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RE: Proposed Quality Tip -- URI Usability

From: Brian Kelly <B.Kelly@ukoln.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 13:05:04 +0100
To: 'Jeremy Carroll' <jjc@hplb.hpl.hp.com>, 'olivier Thereaux' <ot@w3.org>
Cc: 'Rajasekaran Deepak' <deepakr@students.iiit.net>, www-qa@w3.org
Message-ID: <10403311307.aa26333@lamin.ukoln.ac.uk>


> > 
> > On Mar 26, 2004, at 06:05, Rajasekaran Deepak wrote:
> > 
> >> A proposed quality tip, "URI Usability", is attached.
> >>
> >> <http://students.iiit.net/~deepakr/uri-usability/>
> > 
> 
> 
> Comments on tip:
> 
> 1) "URIs must normally not have extensions"
> goes against much practice ...
> (that's not disagreeing but wanting to see what others say) I 
> wonder if stating it more in terms of benefits would be more 
> effective.
> 
> e.g.
> "On many servers, URIs include a file extension corresponding 
> to the mime type, or a directory name indicating the 
> language, however, it often works better to exclude the file 
> extension and language from the URI and make better use of 
> content negotiation."
 
I'd agree with this.  It strikes me as being too harsh implying that the
well established convention of use of .html (etc) extensions is wrong.  I
think Jeremy's wording is better in encouraging people to do better, rather
than telling them what they've been doing for many years is bad.

Brian 

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