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Re: Announcement: The "info" URI Scheme

From: Eric Hellman <eric@openly.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 23:19:05 -0400
Message-Id: <p06002034bba14142614a@[]>
To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Cc: "Hammond, Tony (ELSLON)" <T.Hammond@elsevier.com>, Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>, uri@w3.org

"even less is even more"?

the question to ask is whether "tag:" is *enough* .

A useful approximation is
info ~= tag + namespace registry

The merits of the registry described in the info internet-draft are 
there to be discussed, but an identifier namespace registry is 
definitely needed for many applications.

At 4:22 PM -0400 10/1/03, Sandro Hawke wrote:
>  > To sum up, with regard to the info scheme, less is more.
>Thanks, you've just argued wonderfully why the tag: URI scheme [1] is
>so desirable.  With info:, there's still a sort of central authority;
>you're still trusting the info-registry in some sense, even if it's
>not as great as trusting a domain name owner + the dns.  With tags,
>you don't have to trust anyone.  Much better.
>I happen to think distrusting owner+dns is unwarranted FUD.  doi.org
>is every bit as secure as doi:, etc.  And dereference is very useful.
>So I haven't been working very hard on evangelizing tags and getting
>it done as an RFC.  I'm still willing to be a co-author because I
>think it may be useful to some people, especially folks who would
>otherwise end up stuck in DOI or INFO land.
>So if you are into DOI/INFO for the money, ego, or control, go right
>ahead with it.  (I guess I'll also grant that info: saves you a few
>characters in your URIs.  Tags were a bit shorter until one of our
>changes solely intended to appease the IESG.)  If you just want to
>separate yourself from the tyrrany of dereference, why don't you help
>tag: along instead?
>     -- sandro
>[1] http://www.taguri.org/


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