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Re: Use of metadata in URIs

From: Joern Clausen <joern@TechFak.Uni-Bielefeld.DE>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2003 17:21:03 +0200
To: "Williams, Stuart" <skw@hp.com>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030929152103.GZ4192@teak.TechFak.Uni-Bielefeld.DE>


Hi!

On Mon, Sep 29, 2003 at 03:48:43PM +0100, Williams, Stuart wrote:
[...]
> However, at least the http: spec. in RFC2616 seems to appeal to the notion
> of authority in RFC2396 - many of the other scheme specifications pre-date
> RFC2396 and (understandably) make no mention of 'authority'.

RFC2616 assumes that the URL is actually used to retrieve something, so
the notion of a "naming authority" makes some sense. But nobody can stop
me from issuing the URI

   http://www.w3.org/thispathwillneverexist

as long as I never expect anyone to actually resolve it, e.g. as a
namespace identifier. I think the term "naming authority" is misleading.
"location authority" or "resolution authority" would, IMHO, make more
sense.

Joern

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