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Re: Dates in URIs?

From: Renato Iannella <renato@nicta.com.au>
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2006 17:48:07 +1000
Message-Id: <A07BC395-6F9B-41C0-9140-3FF97378A6E4@nicta.com.au>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
To: noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com, John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>

John wrote:

> It does not.  The W3C often assigns a year number as the most  
> significant
> part of the URI path so that it can be sure that URIs are unique
> over time, even as parts of the URI space are created and destroyed.
> It is the TAG, not the particular resource, that dates to 2001.

Doesn't that make it even worse? - two bits of "metadata" stuck in  
the same URI
only one of which is about the resource.

Noah wrote:

> Exactly.  I'd like to point out that John's observation is completely
> consistent with the draft finding [1], which I think does a pretty  
> good
> job of making clear that the only metadata inferences you can  
> depend on
> are ones for which the "encoding of such metadata [I.e. in the URI] is
> documented by applicable standards and specifications".

I was not looking at Section 2.1 but Section 2.5.

Imagine I am Mary (don't try too hard) and instead of the Bus, I see  
the report URL.
What is "suggestive" to Mary (a non W3C person) about those 4  
characters "2001"
has something to do with years. The same that Chicago is related to  

When I see this URL: <http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-CSS21-20061106/>
I get some good suggestions about its age.

Cheers...  Renato Iannella
National ICT Australia (NICTA)

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