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Re: New URI scheme talk in RSS-land

From: Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 14:29:58 +0200
Message-Id: <3C6961AA-297A-11D8-A1F6-000A95EAFCEA@nokia.com>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org, "ext Seairth Jacobs" <seairth@seairth.com>
To: "ext Sandro Hawke" <sandro@w3.org>

On Dec 08, 2003, at 14:23, ext Sandro Hawke wrote:

>>> So what if the feed must be be accessed over HTTPS?  Do we then also
>>> need a "feeds" scheme?
>> This is why the new-URI approach seems to go against the grain
>> of the current web architecture.
>> What is needed here is pretty simple. The browser needs to be
>> extended so that it recognizes two (or more) kinds of integration
>> with helper applications, given a particular MIME type:
>> 1. pass the content of the response to the helper application
>> 2. pass the entire reponse, headers and all, to the helper application
>> For #2, it could insert the original request URI into the response
>> header, in case the helper application prefers that to the URI
>> denoting the response.
>> In either case, no need to get entagled with http vs https, etc.
>> I.e., as Norman suggested, just make the browser and handler
>> "do the right thing". No need for new URI schemes or handling
>> semantics here.
> Just make the server include all the necessary information
> (subscription instructions) in the response body.  It seems to me,
> looking at the semantics of the situation, that's the right thing to
> do anyway.

Yes. Having the necessary information in the RSS instance itself
would be the simplest -- though a more general solution to
MIME based delegation that included the ability to provide the
full response (and request URI) to the helper app would
probably have general utility.

> No need to hack the browser at all.
> (Although I still think doing this kind of thing from an aggregator
> makes more sense, anyway.)

Well, I think the bottom line is that there are numerous ways
to achieve the stated goals without having to introduce a new
URI scheme.



>         -- sandro


Patrick Stickler
Nokia, Finland
Received on Monday, 8 December 2003 07:32:28 UTC

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