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Re: "URIs, Addressability, and the use of HTTP GET"

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Tue, 09 Jul 2002 11:33:35 -0700
Message-ID: <3D2B2C7F.7090501@textuality.com>
To: www-tag@w3.org

Joshua Allen wrote:
> Regarding "Myth: URIs cannot be longer than 256 characters" -- I suggest removing this block.  It seems to imply that URI is the same as a URL with http: scheme, and talks about server limitations only.  Many uses of URI do not require a server at all, and client limitations still exist with respect to the narrow subset of URIs that serve as http: URLs.  In particular, mobile devices such as PDAs and cellphones, which are widely deployed and used, have all sorts of differing restrictions on length of http: URLs...

I'm surprised - I've been doing web stuff since '93, in many different 
kinds of scenarios, and have never seen any system failure traceable to 
the URI being too long.

Could we maybe see some data?  Who knows about actual deployments out 
there in the wild that exhibit this kind of breakage? -Tim
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