Date: Thu, 27 Feb 1997 08:43:51 -0500 From: email@example.com (Gavin Nicol) Message-Id: <199702271343.IAA24050@nathaniel.ebt> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com In-Reply-To: <Pine.SUN.3.95q.970226183357.245S-100000@enoshima> (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Re: Symbolic vs Numeric identifiers (was Re: URL internationalization!) >> Another way to describe this division is symbolic versus numeric >> identifiers. URLs are already symbolic, and as such, they belong in >> the column with filenames and domain names. > >Comming back to URL internationalization, I think the distinction >between symbolic and numeric identifiers is a very useful one. Right. The fundamental argument here is whether URL's are supposed to be completely opaque or not. Given current usage, it's awfully hard to make a case for opaqueness... not that I think the opaque representation concept isn't useful: I think it's vital.