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Re: New URI scheme talk in RSS-land

From: Graham <dtcd@mac.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 01:39:25 +0000
Message-Id: <B00E2702-2AB1-11D8-ABBE-000A95DC3D90@mac.com>
To: www-tag@w3.org

Tim Berners-Lee wrote:
> It is *not* a good idea to confuse a reference to a resource with
> instructions as to what to do with it.
> ...
> The fact that you might want to poll a living document to see how it
> changes and the type of data in the document are really orthoganal, and
> should be kept that way in the protocol and the UI.

Then surely the problem here is the architecture of links themselves? 
The problem being that they only serve as pointers to a resource, they 
give no clue as to what to do with it. As you say, how to use a 
resource is independent of its document format, and of its location. In 
most cases, having a default action for a combination of type and 
location has been more than adequate. But there is sometimes a need to 
change the default action clicking a link produces - a example of this 
already in use is links that specify they are to be opened in new 
windows. This all sounds like something you might have discussed 
before, though.

Graham Parks
Received on Tuesday, 9 December 2003 20:43:29 UTC

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