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Re: URL Expansion proposal

From: Israel del Rio <idelrio@abstraction.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 1996 23:14:11 -0700
Message-Id: <199601140614.XAA29504@teal.csn.net>
To: "Adam M. Donahue" <donahue@acf2.nyu.edu>
Cc: www-talk@w3.org
Adam, thanks for your considered response.

>>  First of all, by assuming the ".com/",  you alienate a small but 
>> significant number of Internet domains.  The amount of commercial domain 
>> names may far exceed other types, but other types are often as  important.

I am not proposing to overrule the standard URL usage. My proposal is intended 
primarily for commercial purposes. People wishing to access a University
or EDU site could still use the URL as they do today. I realize that other 
domain roots will not benefit from my proposal, but if the Internet, an 
especially the WWW, is truly to become a mass oriented consumer product, which 
may well happen if the Internet Appliance becomes succesful, we
should make it more accessible to the rest of the people. 

>>I haven't met a single person unable to grasp the format of a URL within 
>>a few seconds.

I do not think the question is whether people can learn the meaning
of the URL, I just find it it morally abhorrent to force grandma or
grandpa to understand what, in the end, are UNIX file system conventions.

>> Don't always assume the Web machine is www.  Many simply exclude the 
>> www, or replace it with a another title, such as web.  Under your 
>> standard, you force a naming convention upon businesses.

I thought forcing a naming convention upon business was actually a good
thing. In any case, if a business does not wish to adhered to a naming
convention they will be just as free to advertise the full URL as they do
today. The latter would be to their commerical disadvantage.


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