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Re: Boeing XRI Use Cases

From: Ray Denenberg, Library of Congress <rden@loc.gov>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 09:59:33 -0400
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From: "Paul Prescod" <paul@prescod.net>
> Let me make a concrete proposal.
> Could the W3C (the TAG? Or someone else?) issue a recommendation to the
> effect that URIs of the following form are special:
> http://xri.example.org/SOMETHING:/@boeing*jbradley/+home/+phone
> Once the W3C had issued such a recommendation, the chances of someone
> minting these URIs by accident would drop

But the problem isn't the risk of someone minting these URIs *after the
fact* (accidentally or otherwise).  The problem with this approach,
registering a reserved string for the first URI path component, is the
possibility that that string is already used.  It's not simply a matter of
telling everyone in the world "don't ever use this string as the first path
component of any URI you ever mint in the future".   Rather, you're telling
everyone they'll have to change every such existing URI. I'm sure nobody is
contemplating that, so what it means is finding some unique string that
nobody in the world has ever used (in that part of a URI).  How do you go
about that? (And not just one - SOMETHING will only be the first, someone
will subsequently want SOMETHINGELSE, then ANOTHERTHING, and so on.)

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