Message-Id: <m0lGj60-000HxNC@heifetz.msen.com> To: email@example.com (Tim Berners-Lee) Cc: Brewster Kahle <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Subject: Re: Documet ids (was Archie, WWW access directly to files, and document ids In-Reply-To: Your message of Tue, 18 Feb 92 16:44:35 +0100. <9202181544.AA20333@ nxoc01.cern.ch > Date: Tue, 18 Feb 92 23:39:44 -0500 From: Edward Vielmetti <firstname.lastname@example.org> Throughout the years people have used different ways to describe files available for anonymous ftp. that has never been standardized ever. no reason to believe it ever will be. If we are going to come up with a special kind of document that refers to a new document type that has the semantics of "pointer to file available for anonymous ftp", then it should be assigned a WAIS type tag, described, and specified. I'd suggest the tag AFTP. Someone write a spec, we'll all write code, & be done with it. (There's plenty of data after all.) It would be better to do that rather than to use a TEXT type tag and bicker about the format. I don't think it would be hard for the WWW gateway to WAIS to do special things to documents if they had a different type, and then use that to convert AFTP type documents to WWW format. Ditto gopher, archie, etc. clients. If it's TEXT, on the other hand, it can be *anything*. Please don't overload the semantics of the name of the server or the accidental formatting of the contents of the document. I would like to create AFTP records to stick into many servers. -- Edward Vielmetti, vice president for research, MSEN Inc. email@example.com MSEN Inc., 628 Brooks, Ann Arbor MI 48103 +1 313 741 1120 "Things are glued together with spit and bailing wire now."