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Re: backronym proposal: Universal Resource Linker

From: John A. Kunze <jak@ucop.edu>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2010 12:37:38 -0700 (PDT)
To: uri@w3.org
Message-ID: <alpine.DEB.2.00.1004181221330.31881@jak-desktop>
--- On Sun, 18 Apr 2010, Julian Reschke wrote:
> On 18.04.2010 20:02, John A. Kunze wrote:
>> --- On Sun, 18 Apr 2010, Dan Brickley wrote:
>>> ... I propose a simple-minded fix: restore 'URL' as the most
>>> general term for Web identifiers,
>> 
>> Yep. I've always avoided the word "URI" except when politics required it.
>> 
>>> and re-interpret 'URL' as "Universal Resource Linker".
>> 
>> Not bad at all. Think how much time and treasure would have been saved
>> if the word "Locator" (too close to "location") hadn't been part of URL.
>
> I think everybody agrees that there's a lot of confusion about URI vs URL vs 
> URN, and also URI vs IRI, not to mention Web Adresseses or LEIRIs.

I wouldn't expect the change to clear things up instantly, but to set the
stage for sensible deprecation of unnecessary terms such as URI and URN.

Confusion will still reign as long as people mistake "L" for location --
which this proposal does not address -- but reduction of terminology
seems like a good start.

-John

>
> That being said, I really doubt that redefining the term will actually reduce 
> the confusion. What's needed (IMHO) is stability and consistency.
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