[schemeProtocols-49] New draft of proposed "URI Schemes and Web Protocols" Finding

I have promised the TAG that I would prepare for our upcoming F2F a 
position on where to go with issue schemeProtocols-49 [1] (see action at 
[2]).   This note is to announce that I have prepared a significant 
revision to the draft finding on "URI Schemes and Web Protocols" [3], and 
I propose that we use it as the basis for our discussions at the F2F. This 
draft attempts to synthesize the many important bits of input that I've 
received since offering the initial draft last June (the June draft is at 

Acting on advice from Dave Orchard and others, the new draft opens with 
some hypothetical scenarios.  These are intended to serve two roles: (1) 
to address concerns raised by Dan and others who asked whether the finding 
is addressing problems users will care about today, and (2) to illustrate 
the application of the normative parts of the finding, which are captured 
in later sections the form of rules and guidelines.

As I dig more deeply into these issues, I am increasingly convinced that 
there are important and subtle problems on which users of the Web need 
guidance.   So, I think we should do a finding in this area.  The prose in 
this draft will surely require polishing and tightening, and I expect 
there will be debate on the technical points, but I hope I've made some 
progress in getting closer to the essentials that we need to convey.  I 
suggest that in anticipation of the F2F, discussion be held on 
www-tag@w3.org.  Thank you.


[1] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/issues.html#schemeProtocols-49
[2] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/2005/03/action-summary.html
[3] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/doc/SchemeProtocols.html
[4] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/doc/schemeProtocols-2005-06-16.html

Noah Mendelsohn 
IBM Corporation
One Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

Received on Tuesday, 22 November 2005 03:04:34 UTC