Location-independent URLs /or/ URNs considered harmful

Keith Moore (moore@cs.utk.edu)
Sat, 08 Jul 1995 03:58:37 -0400


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Subject: Location-independent URLs /or/ URNs considered harmful
Cc: moore@cs.utk.edu
From: Keith Moore <moore@cs.utk.edu>
Date: Sat, 08 Jul 1995 03:58:37 -0400

This didn't quite make it under the wire for the Stockholm
Internet-drafts deadline, but I hope it prompts some useful
discussion.

The document can be found at

ftp://cs.utk.edu/pub/moore/draft-ietf-uri-urns-harmful-00.txt

Keith

                       Location-Independent URLs
                                   or
                        URNs considered harmful

                   draft-ietf-uri-urns-harmful-00.txt

Abstract

This document describes a means by which location-independent access to
resources can be provided, without creating a new class of resource
names.  Instead, a resolution service is proposed for existing URLs,
which allows information providers to advertise meta-information about a
resource named by a URL, and/or alternate locations from which that par-
ticular resource might be accessed.

Depending on your point of view, the approach described in this document
might be taken as one or more of: (a) an alternative solution to the
"URL problem", (b) a strategy for gradual transition from URLs to URNs,
or (c) a worst-case scenario in the event that URN adoption takes too
long.