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The news and nntp URI Schemes

From: Asbjørn Ulsberg <asbjorn@tigerstaden.no>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 02:04:20 +0200
To: "URI List" <uri@w3.org>
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I have some questions about the internet-draft «The news and nntp URI  
Schemes»[1] that I've also sent to the draft's author, Paul Hoffman.

It may seem like Opera has already implemented support for this draft.  
According to RFC 1738 (which your draft deprecates), the 'nntp' URI scheme  
is supposed to be suffixed with '://', while the 'news' URI scheme should  
only have ':'. Paul's draft combines these two which seems to cause some  

Opera seems to think that whatever you refer to, all 'news' schemes should  
be suffixed with '://', even if you're only refering to a given Message-ID  
(which often is done in the form: <news:12345@example.com>). Is it  
possible for anyone on this list to elaborate a bit on what your thoughts  
around this are?

As far as I understand the draft, only URI's which contains a server part  
should have '://.../' in them. All other URI's would skip the  
«news-server» part of the URI and thus also skip the '"//" server "/"'  
syntax. Is this correct?

If this is correct, I think it would be clarifying if you wrote it somehow  
in the draft. A couple of exmples wouldn't hurt either.

An example of Opera's implementation of the 'news' and 'nntp' URI schemes  
can be seen when browsing with Opera, at the bottom of this page:

<url: http://www.usenet.no/>

The URI to 'news:no.usenet.admin' (which is a newsgroup) is translated to  
'news://no.usenet.admin', which I think must be wrong. Or is it correct?

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