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KD012 URI Persistence

From: Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 15:23:13 -0400
To: public-webarch-comments@w3.org
Cc: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Message-id: <87y8i7dbvi.fsf@nwalsh.com>
* KD 012
3.6.1. URI Persistence
"""a URI should continue indefinitely to refer to that resource."""
That is not possible, because domain names are not defined and owned  
for life. There are many social issues which are definitely harmful for  
this part the World Wide Web Architecture. Asking for URI persistence  
without solving the domain name issue is like asking people to go  
university when they can own the price for it. See my issue KD 005.
	Another problem with this motto. The "URI owner", owner can be legal  
entity or a person.
	If a legal entity (organization, company, etc) what's happening when  
the legal entity disappears, what the URIs which relies on domain names  
are supposed to become.
	If a person, and this person dies (natural death or not), what the  
URIs are supposed to become.

"Indefinitely" is just impossible. It's a completely false assertions,  
except if the system is organized differently.

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com> | Great success is commoner than real
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