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Re: Namespace names: a semi-serious proposal

From: Peter Jacobi <pj@walter-graphtek.com>
Date: Mon, 29 May 2000 12:03:14 +0200
To: abrahams@acm.org
CC: "xml-uri@w3.org" <xml-uri@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1252527924-104050196@jessenlenz.com>

Everybody, who has one (for example 1.2.3) can give you your own
(for example, from which you can easily generate your 10**12: up to

If your neighbour hasn't got one or didn't want to give you one, ask well 
known agencies, for example:


See http://www.alvestrand.no/objectid/ for a website to
browse the ISO OID tree.

> John Cowan wrote:
> > "Paul W. Abrahams" wrote:
> >
> > > Maybe the integer dispenser already exists.  If it doesn't,
> > > it should.  It obviously has many uses.
> >
> > It does exist, indeed: these chains of integers are called OIDs and are
> > used in X.500 directories among other places.  There is an OID for the
> > Internet as a whole (under "ISO-Countries-United States-Department of
> > Defense" for historical reasons).
> So how do I get my 10*12 integers?  Do I have to be a major poobah?
> Part of my proposal is the fully public nature of the integer dispenser. 
> Another part is that there's no damage in having many integer dispensers
> as long as uniqueness among them can be assured.
> > It would be good to bring OIDs under URIs by some means such as "oid:"
> > or "urn:oid:".
> Yes, and deprecate all other forms of URIs as namespace names.
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