CID: and MID: URL schemes

Larry Masinter (
Wed, 1 Nov 1995 16:13:59 PST

To: elevinso@Accurate.COM
In-Reply-To: Ed Levinson's message of Wed, 1 Nov 1995 07:22:43 -0800 <9511011522.AA28808@Accurate.COM>
Subject: CID: and MID: URL schemes
From: Larry Masinter <>
Message-Id: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 1995 16:13:59 PST

OK, I found draft-levinson-cid-01.txt document. It looks pretty good.


I think you need to be more careful about your description of the
handling of %xx hex-encoding of characters in content-ID tags that are
not otherwise representable inside URLs.

> 	 To transform a cidurl or
>        midurl into a valid content-id or message-id, surround the
>        id-spec part with the enclosing brackets, i.e.,

but in fact you also have to decode any URL-encoded sequences %nn. It
seems that these URL schemes aren't really *subsets* but *encodings*
of content- and message- IDs.

Why, in fact, are two schemes needed? Can the same id-spec appear as
both a cid and a mid?

Is the type of the object referred to by a mid always implicitly