Re: Upgrading the news URL

In article <>,
Dan Fabulich <> wrote:
> I was considering adding to the existing "news:" URL, such that it would
> allow links to a particular byte range within the body of a given post. 
> It would be something like this:
> news:<message-id>@host/243-300

I don't think NNTP supports retrieving "byte ranges" from articles.
You can download just the header or body of an article, but a
particular byte range is not in my NNTP specification. 

The only solution would seem the re-use of the # syntax, just like
with http URLs:

where 'b' or 'l' indicate "bytes" or "lines", respectively.

> they became able to interpret a fine-grained "news:" URL, Usenet could
> be the architecture for a fully integrated hypertext system, complete
> with fine-grained referencing and backlinking, just as hypertext was
> meant to be.

If we're going to re-do Usenet, why not start over and do it right
this time?

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