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RE: URI registries and schemes

From: <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 09:21:46 -0500
To: "Mike Schinkel" <mikeschinkel@gmail.com>
Cc: uri@w3.org
Message-ID: <OFA7544FE4.3CEA20A4-ON852573B5.004E3D49-852573B5.004ED4CB@lotus.com>

Mike Schinkel writes:

> However, I was never able to actually find a definititive statement 
> of TAGs position on an HTTP URL identifying a physical place or 
> person.  Can you impose on you to give me your best synopsis and/or 
> a URL to the most representative email on the mailing list?  Thanks 
> in advance.

Sure.  The TAG tracked this issue under the name httpRange-14.  We've 
switched issue tracking systems in the meantime.  Our old system tracked 
the issue at [1], and our new tracker-based system follows up at [2].  As 
recorded in [1], the TAG agreed the following on 15 June 2005:


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The TAG provides advice to the community that they may mint "http" URIs 
for any resource provided that they follow this simple rule for the sake 
of removing ambiguity:

    * If an "http" resource responds to a GET
      request with a 2xx response, then the
      resource identified by that URI is an
      information resource;
    * If an "http" resource responds to a GET
      request with a 303 (See Other) response,
      then the resource identified by that URI
      could be any resource;
    * If an "http" resource responds to a GET
      request with a 4xx (error) response,
      then the nature of the resource is
      unknown.

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This was announced on the www-tag@w3.org mailing list in an email from Roy 
Fielding, who was at the time a member of the TAG.

Noah

[1] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/issues.html?type=1#httpRange-14
[2] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/group/track/issues/14
[3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2005Jun/0039

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