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Concern with URI normalization text; proposed change

From: Graham Klyne <gk@ninebynine.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 23:36:37 +0000
Message-Id: <5.1.0.14.2.20040219233336.02a70a40@127.0.0.1>
To: <uri@w3.org>
Cc: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, "Jeremy Carroll" <jjc@hplb.hpl.hp.com>

Further to my earlier message [1], I've discussed the issue of URI 
normalization with some colleagues and we'd like to propose the following 
small change of wording with respect to [2].

...

Section 6.1, para 2, final sentence:

The suggested change is to this sentence:
[[
Therefore, comparison methods are designed to minimize false negatives 
while strictly avoiding false positives.
]]

To be:
[[
Therefore, comparison methods are designed to minimize false negatives 
while strictly avoiding false positives when used for purposes of retrieval.
]]

Rationale:

This reinforces the earlier comment that "URI comparison is performed in 
respect to some particular purpose" [section 6 intro], and I think provides 
the necessary get-out for those purposes other than retrieval for which the 
normalization processes described can result in false URI-equivalence (i.e. 
in circumstances where existing applications may legitimately deliver 
differing results).

Graham Klyne
Jeremy Carroll
Pat Hayes

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/uri/2004Feb/0094.html

[2] http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-fielding-uri-rfc2396bis-04.txt


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