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Re: guidance for choosing a vendor-specific URI scheme name

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: 16 Dec 2002 10:21:35 -0600
To: Mike Brown <mike@skew.org>
Cc: uri@w3.org
Message-Id: <1040055695.11347.28.camel@dirk.dm93.org>

On Mon, 2002-12-16 at 09:04, Mike Brown wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm one of the core developers of 4Suite, a Python-based XML & RDF processing
> toolkit and web application development platform. I've been doing a lot of
> work recently on bringing 4Suite's URI handling into compliance, and it has
> become apparent that we need a custom URL scheme for one part of the software,
> so tonight I was reviewing various documents to figure out what's involved in
> choosing a name for a new URL scheme for use within 4Suite and in applications
> built on it.

I don't have much advice to offer; I think you've found what
documentation there is, and it's not much.

But I'd like to thank you for your thoughtfulness; a lot of people
just squat in URI scheme space without notifying anybody, as far
as I can tell.

I try to maintain an informal index of schemes...
but I find it disheartening. It seems that I find a handful
of unregistered schemes every day. I feel obliged to note
the schemes here in uri@w3.org and invite the developers
to register their schemes, but I don't often get around to it.
Help with that sort of thing is much appreciated.

Hmm... here's a bit of advice: whatever you end up doing, please
write a one-page internet draft about it.

> So... what's a would-be URI scheme inventor to do? What's the recommended
> procedure in this situation?
> Thanks,
> Mike
> --
>    Mike J. Brown   |  http://skew.org/~mike/resume/
>    Denver, CO, USA |  http://skew.org/xml/
Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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