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RE: Using fragment identifiers with URNs

From: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 09:04:59 +0100
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To: Stephen Cranefield <SCranefield@infoscience.otago.ac.nz>
Cc: "'uri@w3.org'" <uri@w3.org>
At 12:02 PM 9/28/01 +1200, Stephen Cranefield wrote:
> > It is therefore never correct to say that a fragment is
> > scheme-dependent, even though there are some schemes that identify
> > resources for which no representation is ever suitable for fragment
> > references when those references are made within the Web system.
>Thanks for that wonderfully clear and unambiguous statement of your
>view of the principles behind URIs.  Does that represent the shared view
>of the committee that created RFC2396, or is this your personal view?
>(I'm not trying to suggest that you aren't an authority here, I'm just
>trying to gauge whether or not I can consider the statements above
>as definitive.)

Well, I mostly agree with the statement made.  (I'd say "some URIs..." 
rather than "some schemes ...").

Another supporting reference is at 
http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/Model.html, which makes it clear that the 
design intent of fragment identifiers is that they be completely 
independent of whatever retrieval mechanism may be used.


Graham Klyne
Received on Friday, 28 September 2001 05:05:38 UTC

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