Re: Globalizing URIs

Jon Knight (
Fri, 11 Aug 1995 19:06:56 +0100 (BST)

Date: Fri, 11 Aug 1995 19:06:56 +0100 (BST)
From: Jon Knight <>
Subject: Re: Globalizing URIs
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On Fri, 11 Aug 1995 wrote:

> Among the *MANY* deficiencies of this system was the need for people
> to enter such numbers without error.  Something like 30% of the failures
> to retrieve had simply to do with this human-hostile resource identifier
> being mistyped.
> URIs (and I assume we are talking about URNs here) should be amenable
> to handling by humans.

Yep, so numbers with check digits should be ok, right?  After all, we use 
them for other things such as ISBNs, ISSNs, etc, etc.  You could even 
make the encoding error correcting if you really want to be helpful to 
the users.


Jon Knight, Researcher, Sysop and General Dogsbody, Department of Computer
Studies, Loughborough University of Technology, Leics., ENGLAND.  LE11 3TU.
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