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Re: Rolled up Feedback on draft-gregorio-uritemplate-00

From: Marc Hadley <Marc.Hadley@Sun.COM>
Date: Thu, 09 Nov 2006 20:12:04 -0500
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>
Cc: Joe Gregorio <joe@bitworking.org>, uri@w3.org
Message-id: <E1C8D08E-7D86-4A75-97B7-8A04AF75BA21@Sun.COM>
On Nov 9, 2006, at 7:54 PM, Roy T. Fielding wrote:

> On Nov 9, 2006, at 3:19 PM, Joe Gregorio wrote:
>> On 11/9/06, Marc Hadley <Marc.Hadley@sun.com> wrote:
>>> I also got some feedback on the users@wadl.dev.java.net mailing list
>>> that the spec should require at least one reserved character between
>>> template variables since, in the general case, its impossible to  
>>> work
>>> out the values of the template variables after substitution. E.g.
>>> given the template
>>> http://example.com/{foo}{bar}
>>> and the URI
>>> http://example.com/xyzzy
>>> you can't tell what the values of foo and bar are.
>> I didn't think that was a use case. I have been operating
>> under the assumption that we were covering
>> URI Template -> URI, but not the other direction.
> It isn't a use case. In general, it is just a bad idea.
> Templates should be allowing an owner to tell the client how to
> construct a URI.  Trying to go the other way means the client is
> attempting to understand the URI by searching for things that
> look like metadata.  That is a well-known bad idea, violating
> several findings and Web design notes.
Actually the use case was server side. The commentator wanted to use  
URI templates to deploy code that would be executed when a request  
was made on a matching URI.


Marc Hadley <marc.hadley at sun.com>
CTO Office, Sun Microsystems.

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