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Re: Fwd: draft-hoffman-news-nntp-uri-00.txt

From: Paul Hoffman / IMC <phoffman@imc.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 08:39:37 -0700
Message-Id: <p06110497bd52629aeb51@[10.20.30.249]>
To: "Charles Lindsey" <chl@clerew.man.ac.uk>, uri@w3.org

OK, I need specific suggestions for what to do. Should I go back to 
the 1738 definitions? If not, exactly what do you think should be in 
the new document?

--Paul Hoffman

The 1738 definitions are:

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3.6. NEWS

    The news URL scheme is used to refer to either news groups or
    individual articles of USENET news, as specified in RFC 1036.

    A news URL takes one of two forms:

      news:<newsgroup-name>
      news:<message-id>

    A <newsgroup-name> is a period-delimited hierarchical name, such as
    "comp.infosystems.www.misc". A <message-id> corresponds to the
    Message-ID of section 2.1.5 of RFC 1036, without the enclosing "<"
    and ">"; it takes the form <unique>@<full_domain_name>.  A message
    identifier may be distinguished from a news group name by the
    presence of the commercial at "@" character. No additional characters
    are reserved within the components of a news URL.

    If <newsgroup-name> is "*" (as in <URL:news:*>), it is used to refer
    to "all available news groups".

    The news URLs are unusual in that by themselves, they do not contain
    sufficient information to locate a single resource, but, rather, are
    location-independent.

3.7. NNTP

    The nntp URL scheme is an alternative method of referencing news
    articles, useful for specifying news articles from NNTP servers (RFC
    977).

    A nntp URL take the form:

       nntp://<host>:<port>/<newsgroup-name>/<article-number>

    where <host> and <port> are as described in Section 3.1. If :<port>
    is omitted, the port defaults to 119.

    The <newsgroup-name> is the name of the group, while the <article-
    number> is the numeric id of the article within that newsgroup.

    Note that while nntp: URLs specify a unique location for the article
    resource, most NNTP servers currently on the Internet today are
    configured only to allow access from local clients, and thus nntp
    URLs do not designate globally accessible resources. Thus, the news:
    form of URL is preferred as a way of identifying news articles.
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