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RE: First public WD of "Architectural Principles of the World Wide Web"

From: Danny Ayers <danny666@virgilio.it>
Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2002 00:38:35 +0200
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Message-ID: <EBEPLGMHCDOJJJPCFHEFCEGHHKAA.danny666@virgilio.it>

I'm generally pleased that this document has the light of day. So far I've
only noticed one statement I'm really uncomfortable with :

9. Do not use unregistered URI schemes: Unregistered URI schemes MUST NOT be
used on the public Internet.

I suggest a change in the wording to "Unregistered URI schemes SHOULD NOT be
used on the public Internet".

Otherwise I believe this means I must not set up a myscheme:server in that
corner of the room and connect to it with a myscheme:browser over in this
corner using the Internet to transport the data, unless myscheme: registered
with IANA.

The main problem with this is that it is contrary to a spirit of
experimentation. Specific criticisms I'd start with are :

* it leads to a Catch 22 - a wonderful new scheme isn't likely to get
registered if it doesn't work, and can't be tested live unless it's

*  looking at Dan Connolly's scheme list [1], perhaps half don't conform to
the "Architectural Principles" document - are these all really against the
architectural principles of the web?

* inconsistency - requiring IANA registration makes for an exclusive set of
schemes, yet protocols & formats are described as non-exclusive.

Surely the guidelines in rfc2718 are enough.

If the document is intended to describe the architectural principles, then
it should take into account change and evolution, and not ask for a web
frozen at the start of the century.



Danny Ayers
<stuff> http://www.isacat.net </stuff>

Idea maps for the Semantic Web

>-----Original Message-----
>From: www-tag-request@w3.org [mailto:www-tag-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of
>Ian B. Jacobs
>Sent: 30 August 2002 19:52
>To: www-tag@w3.org
>Subject: First public WD of "Architectural Principles of the World Wide
>Hello www-tag,
>I'm pleased to announce the publication (on the W3C
>technical reports page [0]) of the first public Working Draft
>of "Architectural Principles of the World Wide Web" [1].
>Thank you all for your continued contributions on this list,
>  _ Ian
>[0] http://www.w3.org/TR/
>[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2002/WD-webarch-20020830/
>Ian Jacobs (ij@w3.org)   http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs
>Tel:                     +1 718 260-9447
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