Re: Whither URI: Revising the charter, disband URI?

Ronald E. Daniel (
Wed, 5 Jul 1995 09:50:10 -0600

From: "Ronald E. Daniel" <>
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Date: Wed, 5 Jul 1995 09:50:10 -0600
In-Reply-To: Larry Masinter <>
To: Larry Masinter <>,
Subject: Re: Whither URI: Revising the charter, disband URI?

Here is a revised version of the draft charter I sent out
in May. The big change was to add dates to the goals and
milestones. There are parenthetical notes to ask questions
or make comments. They are not supposed to be in the final


The URI-WG is chartered to define a set of standards for the encoding of
system-independent resource identification, description, and location
information for the use of Internet information services.

The working group is expected to produce a set of documents that specify
standard represenations of Uniform Resource Names (URNs) for resource
identification, Uniform Resource Locations (URLs) for resource location,
Uniform Resource Characteristics (URCs) for resource description and the
resolution of URNs to URLs. The group will also review proposals and
produce standards for other Uniform Resource Identifiers as they are
suggested during the lifetime of the working group. Uniform Resource
Agents and Uniform Resource Pseudonyms are two classes of identifer that
have been suggested.

These standards will provide a framework that allows Internet users to
uniquely identify Internet resources and utilize them in applications
with appropriate levels of security.

Goals and Milestones

Review and approve the revised charter before the Dallas IETF.

Revise the URL document (RFC 1738) and move it to the next step on the
standards track (Draft standard?), taking into account the comments of the IESG
at the time they went to Draft Standard.  (Larry, you said that Roy
may have colunteered to do this. Is that the case?)

Revise the drafts on specific URL schemes (mailserver, finger, Z39.50, ...)
and submit them as proposed standards.  (Larry, what was the outcome
of last call on these?)

Develop a draft on how specific URL schemes are to be vetted once this
group has dissolved. The first version of the draft should be sent
to the editors in time for the spring '96 IETF.

Review the competing URN proposals. Select one, or a combination of the
desirable portions of several, to go forward as a proposed standard.
The selection should be completed by the Dallas IETF, and the first
draft of the unified scheme should be prepared in time for the
spring '96 IETF.

Revise the URC Scenarios and Requirements draft. Issue "last call"
shortly after the Stockholm IETF. Recommend it for publication
as an informational RFC.

Review URC proposals and select one to go forward as a proposed
standard. Discussion should be largely complete by the spring
'96 IETF, and a "last call" should be issued before the summer '96
(In reply to the first draft of the charter revisions, Larry asked if
we had any, let alone multiple, URC specs to discuss. Since then I
have sent out my draft for a SGML-based URC service. As far as I know,
that is the only current proposal for a URC spec. Can some people
out there PLEASE send in their comments on that draft? We can't
move it forward unless we discuss it.) 

Review the Uniform Resource Agents draft, ca. the Stockholm meeting.
Recommend a course of action for that work before Dallas. If the
work receives approval of the WG, the draft should be revised in
time for Dallas. Last call might be issued in time for the summer
'96 meeting.

(Do we need something about a UR architecture draft?)

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