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

From: Charles Lindsey <chl@clerew.man.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 19:25:13 +0100
To: uri@w3.org
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On Fri, 27 Aug 2004 17:40:31 -0400, Al Gilman <Alfred.S.Gilman@IEEE.org>  
wrote:

> At 6:58 PM +0100 8/27/04, Charles Lindsey wrote:

>> Well Paul's syntax was so badly broken that it needed to be mended  
>> first :-(.
>
> To set the record straight, I claim responsibility for everything broken  
> in that grammar.
>
> Allowing the server info into the news: scheme was the driver and I got
> carried away with renovations.

And that is a worthwhile enhancement (already implemented in some places I  
believe).

I have just one worry. Most servers are picky who they will let access  
them, and require passwords, SASL exchanges, etc.

So anybody who publishes such a URL has better be sure that it is to an  
open server. OTOH, if the URL is published only within some local  
community, then he might want to publish it with user/password or whatever  
(or, more likely, a user might want to type in a URL with such, or add  
such to a URL he had been given). Do we have to say anything about that  
(RFC 2396 seems to suggest that the authentication mechanism depends on  
the scheme AIUI)? And if so, is there some standard way of incorporating  
SASL exchanges when specifying a host upon which a resource is expected to  
be found?

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