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Re: ISBNs quacking

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Mon, 29 May 2000 19:21:12 -0400
Message-Id: <200005292319.TAA14957@hesketh.net>
To: michaelm@netsol.com
Cc: xml-uri@w3.org
At 06:31 PM 5/29/00 -0400, Michael Mealling wrote:
>> Er... is there in fact a standardized process?  I'd really like to know
>> about it, especially if it works for ISBNs in general.
>
>Yep. See RFC 2141 for the URN syntax spec. RFC 2168 for how to 
>find the server that is authoritative for that URN namespace. And
>then see RFC 2169 for a trivial (and in need of updating) way
>to query for the various locations of the resource.
>
>The problem is that while the proces is defined and set in general.
>The organization that is authoritative for ISBNs hasn't registered
>for the namespace or setup the resolvers yet. 

I guess what I should have asked is whether the process is in fact
implemented - it appears not to be.

Until it is, I'll continue to regard URNs as funky theoretical creatures,
but only occasionally practical.

Simon St.Laurent
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