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Re: Generic Support for New URI Schemes with Apache?

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 11:09:04 +0900
Message-Id: <4.2.0.58.J.20010123110821.04233c00@sh.w3.mag.keio.ac.jp>
To: Rob Cameron <cameron@cs.sfu.ca>, uri@w3.org
This is really a case where we should work with the browser
providers to fix the problem, rather than hacking around it.

Regards,  Martin.

At 10:16 01/01/22 -0800, Rob Cameron wrote:
>Does anyone know if the following idea has been explored?  Many
>browsers that encounter URIs with unknown schemes will (incorrectly,
>I think) treat them as relative URLs.  Often this will give the
>server that served the document containing the URI a chance to
>respond constructively to the error.   Indeed, server software
>could be written to detect this case generically and dispatch
>to appropriate remedy URLs for the scheme.
>
>For example, with our work on the "bibp:" scheme, we find that
>some clients are hitting our server with "URLs" like
>http://usin.org/bibp:....  We will be using Apache rewrite
>rules to provide an appropriate response (soon).   But to deploy
>this error handling on other servers would require these
>rules to be manually configured in each case.
>
>If Apache had a generic support facility for unknown schemes,
>the deployment of new schemes could be simplified considerably.
>My questions for the URI WG are this:
>(1)  Does anyone know of work in this area?
>(2)  If not, would work in this area be welcome?
>(3)  If so, what issues need to be addressed?
>
>Robert D. Cameron
>Professor of Computing Science
>Associate Dean of Appliend Sciences
>Simon Fraser University
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