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Please use irc: URIs to refer to IRC chat rooms

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 14:45:01 -0600
Message-ID: <34F482CD.7620@w3.org>
To: JSCS_fm@msn.com
CC: www-talk@w3.org

If You Use a Chat Application Other Than Microsoft Chat 
You can also access Expedia's chats via any Internet chat client by
connecting to the server publicchat.msn.com and then joining
channel #expedia, #themeparks, #expedia_famtrav,
#expedia_cruise, or #expediaeurope. 

That's like saying
	"To access this web page, telnet to foo.com, port 80
	and type GET /Foo.html"

At least it will be seen that way soon.
I suppose those instructions are necessary in the transition
while support for irc: URIs aren't widely supported, but
for those of us who *do* have irc: URIs on our desktop, please
just write:

	<a href="irc://publicchat.msn.com/expedia">expedia channel</a>

After all:


Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs, aka URLs) are short strings
that identify resources in the web: documents, images,
downloadable files, services, electronic mailboxes, and other
resources. They make resources available under a variety of
naming schemes and access methods such as HTTP, FTP,
and Internet mail addressable in the same simple way. They
reduce the tedium of "log in to this server, then issue this magic
command ..." down to a single click. 


26 Aug 1996
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Dan Connolly, W3C Architecture Domain Lead
telephone:+1-512-310-2971 (office)
Received on Wednesday, 25 February 1998 15:44:35 UTC

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