Re: URL semantics

Larry Masinter (masinter@parc.xerox.com)
Thu, 9 Jan 1997 17:44:38 PST


To: gjw@wnetc.com
Cc: liberte@ncsa.uiuc.edu, drlewi1@srv.pacbell.com, uri@bunyip.com
In-Reply-To: <Pine.SGI.3.95.970109173930.23642A-100000@shellx.best.com>
Subject: Re: URL semantics
From: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Message-Id: <97Jan9.184438pdt."278"@palimpsest.parc.xerox.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 17:44:38 PST

# Actually, it seems that the real issue here is whether resources are just
# data objects or whether they also include network services such as Telnet,
# SMTP and News. URLs in the mailto: and telnet: namespaces do not retrieve
# data objects but do invoke services. URLs in the news: or nntp: namespaces
# can have semantics of either type, depending on whether the namespace
# specific string is a newsgroup name or a message ID.

Yes; how would you propose that the "mailto" URL (and the generic
syntax URL and the URL guidelines documents, for that matter) be
changed to reflect this point of view?