Re: Predraft 1 for finger URL scheme

Reed Wade (
Wed, 08 Feb 1995 23:59:30 -0500

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To: (Paul Hoffman)
Cc:, Peter N Lewis <>,
Subject: Re: Predraft 1 for finger URL scheme 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Wed, 08 Feb 1995 19:56:51 MST."
Date: Wed, 08 Feb 1995 23:59:30 -0500
From: Reed Wade <>

I suggested this last august or so but never wrote it up
in RFC style form. Now I can't find my notes on the subject 
(I think we discussed it on the www-talk list.)

Two points to consider-

1. always interpret the result as plain text; we basically
   decided that allowing embedded html and friends was just 
   plain silly, tho tempting

2. don't forget to support the /W option (sec 2.5.4 of RFC1288)

As to finger:user@host or finger://user@host --
Don't forget that there may be 2 hosts involved, 
the @host part and the host you actually connect to,
they needn't be the same.

So, you may want-

As to security, don't allow ports other than the
default and don't transmit CR's or LF's.


I guess I better get back on that snmp url also...

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