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[VM] Preliminary review of HTTP cookbook by Andreas

From: Thomas Baker <tbaker@tbaker.de>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 18:06:38 +0100
To: SW Best Practices <public-swbp-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20060104170638.GA1748@Octavius>

Re-posted to the BPD list by permission, here is a preliminary
review of the HTTP Cookbook draft [1] by Andreas.

Tom

[1] http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/BestPractices/VM/http-examples/2005-11-18/

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On Mon, Dec 12, 2005 at 03:37:39AM +0000, Andreas Harth wrote:
> Hi Tom,
> 
> here's the preliminary review.
> 
> In general, I think the document explains the different alternatives
> quite well but there are too many choices in the document which
> might be confusing for the reader.  A limited number of alternatives
> (maybe 3 to 4) which cover 80% of the cases might be better.
> 
> The mod_rewrite modules is pretty complex to configure.  A simpler
> alternative is to use content negotiation.  IMHO the simplest way to
> publish RDF (without mod_rewrite) is to do "AddType application/rdf+xml .rdf".
> To retrieve the RDF then from within a software program, send a HTTP request
> with Accept: header "application/rdf+xml" without the .rdf file suffix
> (i.e. curl -H "Accept: application/rdf+xml" http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/)
> The HTML version would be the default document to be served; alternatively
> the RDF file (with rdf suffix in the URL) is still accessible from within
> web browsers.
> 
> mod_alias (RedirectMatch seeother ...) can be used to do redirects without
> having to use mod_rewrite.
> 
> Using "AddType application/rdf+xml .owl" might be another possibility to
> publish OWL ontologies.
> 
> I am not sure about including the purl.org examples, maybe outsource
> to another document to make the cookbook note more concise.
> 
> Section hash vs. slash, "especially in the case of large ontologies."
> Receipe 5 then only talks about splitting HTML files, not the RDF
> (would that be possible at all?)
> 
> HTH,
> Andreas.

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