Re: mid and cid URLs

Larry Masinter (
Tue, 21 Nov 1995 14:17:25 PST

Cc: elevinso@Accurate.COM,,
In-Reply-To: Al Gilman's message of Tue, 21 Nov 1995 09:19:33 -0800 <>
Subject: Re: mid and cid URLs
From: Larry Masinter <>
Message-Id: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 1995 14:17:25 PST

> 2. A more URL-traditional syntax would be something like

but news: URLs are already in the form suggested for mid and cid.
>From RFC 1738:

   A news URL takes one of two forms:


   A <newsgroup-name> is a period-delimited hierarchical name, such as
   "comp.infosystems.www.misc". A <message-id> corresponds to the
   Message-ID of section 2.1.5 of RFC 1036, without the enclosing "<"
   and ">"; it takes the form <unique>@<full_domain_name>.  A message
   identifier may be distinguished from a news group name by the
   presence of the commercial at "@" character. No additional characters
   are reserved within the components of a news URL.

'news:' and 'mid:' (and 'cid:') should have the same syntax. In fact,
the only difference between a 'news:' and 'mid:' URL is that 
'news:' has an implicit context of 'your netnews' while 'mid:' has the
context of 'your mail'.