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RE: What is at the end of the namespace?

From: <roconnor@Math.Berkeley.EDU>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2001 14:26:23 -0800 (PST)
To: <www-talk@w3.org>
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On Mon, 19 Nov 2001, Leigh Dodds wrote:

> "What is at the end of a namespace" is an FAQ asked by users, not
> browsers (at least in my neck of the woods!).
>
> Using the 'http:' scheme as a NS identifier has caused confusion
> because there is an expectation that this can be pasted into a browser
> location bar, and the browser will talk to an HTTP daemon and have it
> resolve to something. Despite the fact that these http URIs don't
> actual appear in a webpage, but in an NS declaration in some arbitrary
> XML document (i.e. in a context where it is intended to be used as an
> identifier only).

This can't be right.

``Clearly'' if http://www.example.com/bar is sitting around somewhere,
then

telnet www.example.com 80
(some-command) bar HTTP/1.1

ought to do something meaningful for some value of some-command.

I guess I'm willing to accept that (some-command) might not be GET.  In
this case entering ``http://www.example.com/bar'' into a location bar
might not do something, and then your right about it not working.

Still there should be some value for (some-command) that should return a
response code of the form 2xx or 3xx, no?.  (204 would be acceptable)
(Notwithstanding, 502 errors etc.)

- -- 
Russell O'Connor                        roconnor@alumni.uwaterloo.ca
           <http://www.math.berkeley.edu/~roconnor/>
``This is not a time, as it is never a time, to seek vengeance, but a
time to seek the courage to forgive'' -- George W. Bush
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