Re: Proposed issue: site metadata hook

On Wednesday, Feb 12, 2003, at 07:27 US/Pacific, wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: ext Jos De_Roo []
>> Sent: 12 February, 2003 17:22
>> To: Stickler Patrick (NMP/Tampere)
>> Cc:;;
>> Subject: RE: Proposed issue: site metadata hook
>> Sorry to stumble in and maybe I'm totally lost in all this
>> threads, but right now I fail to see the need for MGET...
> Then please read the entire thread ;-)

Maybe you should yourself :-)

This thread is NOT about how to extend the web for semantic web engines.
It is a thread about how to get site metadata, such as robots.txt
and /w3c/p3p and /favico, without using "well known"  pathnames.

This is a pre-semantic web requirement.[..]

> Jos, what if I have a URI <> and nothing
> more, and want to know what it means and want to ask the server
> to tell me. How do I do that?

You do an HTTP GET.  That will give you a representation of the document
<>.  It will give you enough HTTP metadata
to decode that representation.

> That is what this thread is about. How to obtain a description of
> a resource when all one has is the URI denoting it and *nothing*
> else.

No, it was originally a thread about how to get metadata about the 
entire site.
If the hook can be used for metadata about arbitrary pages in general,
then so well and good, but that is not the proposed TAG issue for this 

> Patrick

Received on Wednesday, 12 February 2003 17:57:14 UTC