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

From: Charles Lindsey <chl@clerew.man.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 20:51:29 +0100
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On Wed, 25 Aug 2004 08:39:37 -0700, Paul Hoffman / IMC <phoffman@imc.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?

I suggest you keep the NEWS and NNTP schemes separate, in the first place,  
until we are sure that we have described them correctly. After that, we  
can discuss whether and how to combine them. The first thing, therefore,  
is to get a correct syntax.

       newsURL     = "news"  ":" [ news-server ]
                        ( newsgroup-name | '*' | message-id )
       news-server =  "//" server "/"
       message-id  = id-left "@" id-right

where <id-left> and <id-right> are taken from RFC 2822 (or they might be  
taken from USEFOR). But you also need some additional handwaving to  
explain why
is allowed, but
and  "ab\cd"@example.com
are not (see draft-ietf-nntpext-base-21.txt or USEFOR for why not)

A syntax for <server> can be found in RFC 2396, but it would be necessary  
to specify what any <userinfo> might look like (there is a SASL  
authentication system for NNTP on the stocks - is there some generic way  
to do SASL in URLs?).

The present wording for <newsgroup-name> in RFC 1738 will do for now.

       nntpURL     = "nntp"  ":" news-server newsgroup-name "/" range
       news-server =  "//" server "/"
       range       = article-number ["-" [article-number]]
       article-number = 1*DIGIT

The syntax for <range> is taken from draft-ietf-nntpext-base-21.txt, and  
its semantics can probably be taken from there as well (but we still have  
to decide what the URL is supposed to return if there is more than just an  

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