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Re: ISBNs quacking

From: Michael Mealling <michael@bailey.dscga.com>
Date: Mon, 29 May 2000 21:18:15 -0400
To: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Cc: michaelm@netsol.com, xml-uri@w3.org
Message-ID: <20000529211814.C14157@bailey.dscga.com>
On Mon, May 29, 2000 at 07:21:12PM -0400, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> 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.

For ISBN it isn't and I can't speak for their plans. I know others
are in process...

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

hehe.. give us some time. The official NID registration process has
only been official for a few months...


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