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Re: URL parsing and IPv6 addresses

From: Donald E. Eastlake 3rd <dee@cybercash.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 1996 10:50:10 -0400 (EDT)
To: Rick Troth <TROTH@UA1VM.UA.EDU>
Cc: www-talk@w3.org
Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.91.960807104529.28404D-100000@cybercash.com>
I don't see much basis for the URL restriction prohibiting square brackets. 
It seems more like URL's were originally designed with the highly
questionable assumption that there would never be a numberic top level domain
name.  As it is, with an IPv4 IP address, square brackets really should be
required to make it unambiguous.  URL's broke the established Internet
standard for text representation where both a domain name and an IP address
can occur.  It's just that this bug in URL syntax is becoming more obvious
with the IPv6 format. 

Donald

 On Tue, 6 Aug 1996, Rick Troth wrote:

> Date: Tue, 06 Aug 96 10:35:37 CDT
> From: Rick Troth <TROTH@UA1VM.UA.EDU>
> To: www-talk@w3.org
> Subject: Re: URL parsing and IPv6 addresses
> 
>         I think we need to send a resounding "NO!" to the IPNG wg.
> Surely they can come up with something better.   I don't see why/how
> dotted decimal is insufficient.   If there are four dotted decimal
> numbers,  that's clearly an IPv4 address.   if sixteen,  then it's v6.
> Does anyone in this group see a problem with that?
> 
> --
> Rick Troth <troth@casita.houston.tx.us>, Houston, Texas, USA
> http://casita.houston.tx.us/~troth/

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