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Re: Call for proposals to amend the "httpRange-14 resolution"

From: Tim Bannister <isoma@jellybaby.net>
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2012 19:54:15 +0000
Cc: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Message-Id: <7E092CF9-DD88-431C-8930-B388F976E905@jellybaby.net>
To: SWIG Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
On 1 Mar 2012, at 19:29, David Booth wrote:

> I find the document at http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/doc/uddp-20120229/ to be hard to read, overly broad, unproductively pedantic and unnecessarily entangling philosophical questions with simple matters of protocol design.
> As an alternate proposal, I have started a significantly simplified document on the W3C wiki at http://www.w3.org/wiki/UriDefinitionDiscoveryProtocol 
> Others are encouraged to contribute.  The goals are:
> - to be simpler, clearer and more direct;
> - to limit the scope to http (and https) URIs, because this is where the LOD community is experiencing the problem that this specification addresses;
> - to specify this as a simple protocol between a URI owner that wishes to provide a URI definition, and an agent that wishes to discover that URI definition;

In 2002, the Link: header was nonstandard. Now thanks to RFC5988 we have a Link: header and thanks to POWDER we have "describedby". I recommend this as the official mechanism; use of 303 can be documented as existing practice that implementors should know about. That's what I'd like David's document to become.

If “describedby” isn't a good fit, authors can and perhaps should mint a more accurate relation name (using an absolute URI, or in RFC5988 terms an “extension relation type”).

Tim Bannister – isoma@jellybaby.net

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