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URIs, URIrefs (was Re: 13 Aug Arch Doc available for review

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2002 11:06:12 -0400
To: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <20020814110612.A1664@www.markbaker.ca>

TAG,

I have a comment, then a related concern.

My comment is that that I am *for* the new definition of "URI".  I
agree with Roy completely when he said;

   "RF: I'm perfectly open to the notion of saying the URI includes
        "#frag". I keep getting shot down when I've tried in the past
        (since W3C not involved in the discussion). I don't want
        another IRI. I don't want more than one definition of a
        protocol element. I don't want developers to have to read 14
        specs. I am open to new terms; need to do this this week.

    -- http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2002Aug/0133

My concern is that the serious implications[1] of this change are not
reflected anywhere in the current document.

So my suggestion is two part.  First, at the end of 1.1, I suggest
adding wording such as this;

  "Though the definition of 'URI' is different than in RFC 2396, there
   remains significant practical differences between identifying a
   resource with a URI without a fragment identifer, versus using one
   with a fragment identifier.  This is discussed in more detail in
   section 1.6."

then in section 1.6, I would;

- fix up the first paragraph to correspond to the new URI definition,
which should just be to remove '(to form a URI reference)', I think
- replace the second paragraph with;

  "Because of this difference, care should be taken when deciding
   whether or not to use a fragment identifier as part of the URI for
   a resource.  In general, URIs with fragment identifiers are
   appropriate for those resources which are inextricably linked to a
   particular format, such as a circle or spline in a graphics format,
   or a hypertext anchor in HTML.  Resources which are not so linked to
   formats SHOULD NOT use a fragment identifier in their URI."

Thanks.

 [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2002Jul/0253

MB
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Mark Baker, CTO, Idokorro Mobile (formerly Planetfred)
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.               distobj@acm.org
http://www.markbaker.ca        http://www.idokorro.com
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