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   Re: Public Identifiers

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  • From: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
  • To: XML Dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 11:07:33 -0400

Chris Maden wrote:
> There is a need to refer to things
> that nobody has registered, yes.  But you then say that Joe User
> shouldn't register Sears, but that's exactly what he did in your
> -//Sears//... example.  If Sears has not created an FPI for their 1922
> catalog, then Joe User should say -//Joe User//NONSGML Sears Roebuck
> and Co. 1922 Catalog//EN.

I agree absolutely.
> This isn't true.  The URN spec, as John quoted, specifically allows
> the case of URNs that are not resolvable to a concrete electronic
> resource.  And since FPIs can be used as URNs,
> urn:fpi:-//Joe%20User//NONSGML%20Sears%20Roebuck%20and%20Co.%201922%20Catalog//EN
> is a perfectly legitimate URN that points to the lump of paper in my
> outhouse.

Right, though urn:x-joe-user:SearsCatalog1922 might be more perspicuous
as well as shorter.

John Cowan	http://www.ccil.org/~cowan		cowan@ccil.org
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		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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