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Re: dot tel - a new TLD

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 20:01:28 -0500
To: noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com
Cc: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>, Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>, Daniel Dardailler <danield@w3.org>, Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>, www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <1147827688.22658.1091.camel@dirk.w3.org>

On Tue, 2006-05-16 at 20:46 -0400, noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com wrote:
> I wrote:
> > Indeed, or why not:  application/telephoneNumber+xml
> Sometimes I fall prey to thinking about the Web as I intuit it should 
> work, rather than as it is.  On reflection, assigning media types for 
> little things like phone numbers probably doesn't scale.

Well, current practice works both ways.

In some cases, you follow a

	Try <a href="http://chat.service.example/text-voice-chat"
	>real-time customer support</a>

and back comes a file with a mime type that causes your browser
to launch a voip doodad, and sometimes the link looks like:

	Try <a href="sip://sip.service.example/or-something-like-this"
	>real-time customer support</a>

and the dispatch goes via the URI scheme.

It's also possible that /text-voice-chat will redirect to
a sip: URI, or all sorts of other possibilities.

But all that is issue schemeProtocols-NN-i-forget,
which is pretty much orthogonal to the .tel issue;
all of those mechanisms work without a new TLD.

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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