URL syntax draft: URL and URL reference

Martin J. Duerst (mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch)
Thu, 19 Dec 1996 16:16:44 +0100 (MET)

Date: Thu, 19 Dec 1996 16:16:44 +0100 (MET)
From: "Martin J. Duerst" <mduerst@ifi.unizh.ch>
To: uri@bunyip.com
Subject: URL syntax draft: URL and URL reference
Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.95.961219160605.245H-100000@enoshima>

Hello everybody,

This is the first of a few messages I will send regarding the
URL syntax draft. I decided to split up my comments into
separate messages, so that the separate topics can be dealt
with in separate threads.

The first issue I would like to address is the problem
of the distinction between URL and URL Reference. The
later includes both absolute and relative URLs and includes
the #fragment, while the former does not.

I have see two problems here:

(1) General terminology, and other documents, in my oppinion seem
to include the #fragment part in the term URL (it's not difficult
to think of it as a location, inside the document). Using the terms
the way they are in the syntax draft looks to me like creating
legaleese that may create problems and will need explanations.
A change of "URL Reference"  ==> "URL" and "URL" ==> something
else should be considered if this issue hasn't been discussed
extensively already.

(2) URL first appear in 2.3.2, but are only explained in 3.
This is confusing. I propose that a sentence or an example
be added to 1. or 1.2 to get the reader used to the terminology
right ahead.

Regards,	Martin.

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