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Re: comments? mirrors.txt

From: Andre John Mas <ajmas@newtradetech.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 17:00:30 -0500
Message-ID: <3E88BA7E.2000807@newtradetech.com>
To: Ian Clelland <ian@veryfresh.com>
CC: www-talk@w3.org

So if we defined something such as

[Country-code]/[coord]

with examples being:

    US/+38.62833,-90.62833
    US/
    /+38.62833,-90.62833

This would provide both political and coordinates, and provide
the option to omit one or the other based on choice.

Andre


Ian Clelland wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 31, 2003 at 02:57:49PM -0500, Andre John Mas wrote:
> 
>>Traditionally mirrors provide a reference to their geographic
>>location. While by no means a guarantee to improved transfer
>>speeds,
> 
> 
>>The reason I suggest a grid-reference for geographic locality
>>is the this is language neutral and can easily be parsed and
>>used to estimate which mirror is likely to best based on
>>distance, without having to speak to each one. The geographic 
>>information could be added be component of the X-URI-RES
>>header (though this would necessitate a change in the spec):
>>
>>X-URI-RES: <service uri> ; <service type> [; target uri] [; grid-ref]
> 
> 
> That's an interesting idea.. The problem I would have with it right now
> it that the Internet backbone tends to be laid down according to
> political boundaries, and not wholly geographic considerations.
> 
> For example, Seattle will probably be closer (by bandwidth) to Chicago
> or New York than it is to Edmonton, which is geographically closer.
> 
> ISO 3166 country codes are also language-neutral and easily parsed, and
> could be used in conjunction with grid references to avoid having to
> maintain a database of 'nearness' between countries.
> 
> 
> Ian Clelland
> <ian@veryfresh.com>
> 
> 


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