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Re: Mirror Negotiation

From: Brian Morin <bmorin@WPI.EDU>
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 19:12:45 -0500
Message-ID: <01BBE604.F6804640@shampoo.res.WPI.EDU>
To: "'www-talk@w3.org'" <www-talk@w3.org>
Govind Tatachari Wrote:
"1) standard encoding for mirrored information

	This would provide a uniform URL structure to indicate that the
	information may be mirrored and further negotiations and policy
	resolution can be used to select the location best suited to get
	the information. The uniform URL structure can be patterned as
	gr<type>.<resource/information-identifier>.<master-location>,
	wherein, the gr<type> indicates that the information may be mirrored
	(replicated). For example, grftp may mean that the file is possibly
	replicated. grhttp would mean that the hypertext information is
	replicated and so on. The <resource/information-identifier> would
	provide a unique resource/information identifier and <master-location>
	would provide a means to specify atleast one known master server."

	There is an issue here of how to handle the primary to mirror mapping of URLs.  However, I think that expanding the current URL specification would make create problems in updating current applications and maintaining backwards compatibility.

Brian Morin
Student at WPI
Author of Fnord Web Server
Received on Monday, 9 December 1996 19:16:28 GMT

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