Date: Fri, 11 Aug 1995 12:08:17 +0200 From: "Dirk.vanGulik" <Dirk.vanGulik@jrc.it> Message-Id: <9508111008.AA02658@ jrc.it> To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Globalizing URIs A minor aside: There seems to be quite some concern as wether URI's ought to be human readble, type-able, visable, etc. Based on medium sized survey, see below, I would suggest that we do not focus too much on human readdable URLs, but we do insist that URLs can be transfered from person to person and are easy to type in. People seem to regard them as opague strings, just like phone numbers. They know how to enter them, but they cannot be bothered by them any further. Dw. ------------- We did a recent survey on how people used URLs. Only users which requested more thant 2 Mb/three days or 250 documents a week (whichever was first satisfied) for at least 4 consequtive weeks where included. N=1329. Some results: Knew what a URL was 21% Knew what URL stood for 18% Knew how to go to a page if you gave them 89% !!!!! 'the address' Could thell us how to see a URL of a page 22% Could tell us the URL of the page 29% !!!!! they where looking at Knew the URL of the insitute home page 71% (which is on their card) Could tell us the URL of their own 83% home page (also on their card) Given a URL, tell us where it comes from country/edu/gov domain correct 23% protocol understanding 21% hostname understanding 48% file/path/script understanding 22% Take the values with a bit of salt, not all participants and investigators where equaly versed in the language used to communicate. And the SD was quite high. The order of the questions allowed 'guided recognition'.