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

From: Charles Lindsey <chl@clerew.man.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 14:40:58 +0100
To: "uri@w3.org" <uri@w3.org>
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On Wed, 25 Aug 2004 20:51:29 +0100, Charles Lindsey <chl@clerew.man.ac.uk>  
wrote:

>
>        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 article-number).

On further thought, <range> should be optional:

         nntpURL     = "nntp"  ":" news-server newsgroup-name [ "/" range ]

which means that
     news://some-host/comp.foo
and
     nntp://some-host/comp.foo
will mean the same thing (i.e. "please put me into that group and show me  
a list of all available articles"). If <range> is present, it means the  
same, except restrict the list to the given range, but if <range> is just  
a single <article-number> then it may as well go further and retrieve the  
actual article. Note that this is the normal way in which <range> gets  
used in NNTP commands.

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