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Re: Link: relation registry and 303

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 16:00:30 -0800
Message-Id: <21ED6094-CB46-4CE8-B6CE-8BDA85AABC69@gbiv.com>
Cc: "www-tag@w3.org WG" <www-tag@w3.org>, Lisa Dusseault <lisa@osafoundation.org>
To: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>

On Jan 30, 2009, at 2:25 PM, Mark Nottingham wrote:
> They were concerned that, historically, link relations have been  
> compared in a case-insensitive fashion, which makes working with  
> URIs much more complex. Bifurcating it neatly solves this problem.

At the cost of alienating a group more numerous than HTML5?
I don't think that's a good idea.  Why not just require that the
URI be entirely lowercase, or that it can (in this context) be
compared case-insensitive?  The probability that two different
URIs which differ only by case would, when used in a rel attribute,
actually refer to two different things is ridiculously small.
HTML5 can just assume they are aliases.

What would be more compelling is if deployed Atom software
failed to implement the algorithm in spite of its specification.
If that were the case, then I can see going back to short names.

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