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RE: What to do about file:

From: Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 15:16:43 -0700
To: "'Paul Hoffman / IMC'" <phoffman@imc.org>, uri@w3.org
Message-id: <0I2P00DY9SJVMP@mailsj-v1.corp.adobe.com>

I think you quoted the wrong draft, you meant


I think what would be useful would be:

   Say more about the wide variety of interpretations
   When possible, describe what file: URI creators can do
    to be compatible with the most common file: URI consumers.

> - Leave the document as is

> - Prescribe what implementations SHOULD do, knowing that such a 
> prescription is bound to break many/most existing implementations

this would be useful if it were accompanied by documentation
of the caveats.

> - List many more interpretations that current implementations use, 
> but not say whether or not to do them

avoid making gratuitous recommendations, but not ALL recommendations

> - Say more about the wide variety of interpretations, but don't list 
> them soas not to confuse readers

It's more useful to describe useful.
> Getting consensus on this may be difficult, given the history over 
> the past year.

I'm hopeful that if we focus on actual text (instead of imagined
text), we can make progress.

If we decide to go for documenting current practice, 


might be a place to start.

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