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Re: XPointer

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@apache.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 21:13:12 -0800
Cc: <www-xml-linking-comments@w3.org>
To: gtn@rbii.com
Message-Id: <73CB7C8A-EC8F-11D6-B519-000393753936@apache.org>

> No doubt you have more than just opinion behind your comments, but it is 
> not
> apparent from your comments. Can you give more substantive technical 
> backing
> such as the above?

Try placing a URI with " in it within an anchor href.  And explain to
all of the people who parse URI in plain text that they should not
stop at the first delimiter.

> In particular, your comment about being media-specific is interesting, but
> your alternate "media independent" identification methods (search terms,
> paragraph text, and regular expressions, all of which boil down to 
> queries of
> a form) have serious issues as well, most obviously, lack of uniqueness

First-match is unique and well-understood by users.

> (something that has plagued critlink in the past). ID, as you note, is a
> reasonable approach, but given your (assumed!) criteria, is also 
> necessarily
> media dependent... being tied to a media type that has some intrinsic 
> notion
> of what ID is.

No, what the ID means is media-type specific.  The actual string of text
in the fragment is the same regardless of media type.

....Roy
Received on Thursday, 31 October 2002 17:38:08 GMT

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