From: Al Gilman <email@example.com> Message-Id: <199805062242.SAA09768@access1.digex.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris Knight) Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 18:42:44 -0400 (EDT) Cc: uri@Bunyip.Com In-Reply-To: <3550E2EB.26A2E80F@ricochet.net> from Chris Knight at "May 6, 98 03:23:39 pm" Subject: user:pass in news: URLs to follow up on what Chris Knight said: > From: Chris Knight <email@example.com> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: comments re: Internet-Draft draft-gilman-news-url-01 > Might it be worthwhile to include user and password in the URL spec for > news? (A-la the FTP url spec, which is: > <method>://<user>:<password>@<host>:<port>/path, see > draft-casey-url-ftp-00.txt.) Some news servers require a > username/password combination to access them, and many news clients > support this. Also, any ideas as to a news submission URL spec? (a-la a > mailto url.) The user:pass syntax is already included by reason of the syntax inherited from the generic URI syntax document. The use of user:pass in URLs is also discouraged in the same document for [good] security reasons. So, if you want to put this user information in a news: URL the syntax for so doing is as you said; and you are advised not to do it. This is a FAQ. Maybe I should spell it out. There is probably insufficient demand for a distinguished postnews: URL because it is just two steps to open the newsgroup and then tell the client that you want to post. The URL <news:the.group.to.post.to> suffices for this. Al Please copy comments on the draft to <email@example.com>.