Re: Proposed NFS URL scheme

Larry Masinter (
Sat, 2 Nov 1996 18:52:52 PST

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Subject: Re: Proposed NFS URL scheme
From: Larry Masinter <>
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Date: Sat, 2 Nov 1996 18:52:52 PST


We have a small group working on revising the URL draft in preparation
for the step of moving URL and Relative URL to Draft Standard. The
plan is to separate out the 'basic syntax' from each of the individual
URL schemes; each scheme (ftp, gopher, mailto, news, telnet, ...) will
get its own Internet Draft and move into standards track on its
own. It is possible that some of them will need to recycle at Proposed
since what's actually implemented in some cases differs from what was
described in 1738 & 1808.

I don't think it is necessary to revive URI as a working group to do
this, and the individual schemes might best be reviewed by the working
groups for the corresponding protocols as long as we can get some
separate review here.

I would like to make sure we get the attention of those who are
proposing new URL schemes to the syntactic issues, though.

I'm hoping we'll get an early draft out quickly. It seemed to me that
it was possible for us to merge the basic syntax in 1738 and 1808 so
that there weren't two separate BNFs for URLs, though.