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RE: Duplication of provisional URI namespace tokens in 2717/8-bis

From: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2005 14:47:30 +0000
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To: "Weibel,Stu" <weibel@oclc.org>, <uri@w3.org>

At 13:24 20/01/05 -0500, Weibel,Stu wrote:
>It would be helpful if those who hold the view expressed here could
>indicate explain why assuring uniqueness is detrimental.

In the case of email header fields, it was recognized that duplicates *did* 
occur (rarely) in the wild, and that the primary need was to be able to 
document what did exist in order that designers could avoid them.  Local 
experiments sometimes escape and become global de-facto standards.  By 
prohibiting provisional registration of duplicates they would be forced out 
of sight, with no clear way for designers of new fields to avoid duplicates.


Graham Klyne
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