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Re: Dereferencing HTTP URIs (redux?)

From: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 17:29:31 -0400
To: "Booth, David (HP Software - Boston)" <dbooth@hp.com>
Cc: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>, Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, "Williams, Stuart (HP Labs, Bristol)" <skw@hp.com>, Mark Nottingham <mnot@yahoo-inc.com>, W3C-TAG <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20070905212931.GH18906@mercury.ccil.org>

Booth, David (HP Software - Boston) scripsit:

> A 303-redirect service such as http://thing-described-by.org makes it
> very easy -- no server configuration at all.  For any absolute http URI
> u, http://thing-described-by.org?u 303-redirects to u.

Thanks for the heads-up.  It doesn't quite do everything that's needed,
though.  The trouble with t-d-b names is that you can't use them to
talk about things that you yourself did not describe.  For example,
http://t-d-b.org?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington is an
illegitimate URI for the resource usually named "George Washington",
because Wikimedia did not authorize it.

I'd like to see something like
"http://t-d-b.org?by=mailto:cowan@ccil.org&using=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington"
allowed; that would be an URL minted by the owner of
"mailto:cowan@ccil.org" (viz. me) to refer to the resource described
(in my opinion) by "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington",
viz. George Washington.  The redirection should be just as simple
to arrange.

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