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Re: Should the HTTP protocol become "inapropriate"

From: <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 14:17:22 -0400
To: paul@prescod.net
Cc: "Booth, David (HP Software - Boston)" <dbooth@hp.com>, "Mark Baker" <distobj@acm.org>, "Henry S. Thompson" <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>, "David Orchard" <orchard@pacificspirit.com>, "Williams, Stuart (HP Labs, Bristol)" <skw@hp.com>, "Tim Berners-Lee" <timbl@w3.org>, "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
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David Booth wrote:

> It is fine to embed hints of any kind in HTTP URIs.

Paul Prescod wrote:

> Can you be more specific about "hints of any kinds?"

I think the TAG finding on Metadata in URIs [1] is pertinent in part for 
discussing the sorts of metadata that can be inferred from a URI, but more 
importantly, for distinguishing the situations in which you can infer 
information from >any< URI (e.g. the scheme name) vs. from those in which 
metadata can be inferred only if licensed by documentation provided by the 
resource owner (e.g. particular uses of query strings).


[1] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/doc/metaDataInURI-31.html

Noah Mendelsohn 
IBM Corporation
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