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   Re: Namespace Question

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  • From: Bob Kline <bkline@rksystems.com>
  • To: Ed Hilburn <lan3bra7@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 06:16:44 -0400 (EDT)

On Thu, 8 Jun 2000, Ed Hilburn wrote:

> As your average, usually competent internet developer I
> have come to associate the "scheme:" prefix to a URI as
> describing a protocol used to address, fetch, or otherwise
> use a resource identified.  Examples:
>       "ftp:"     This tells me to use File Transfer Protocol
>       "mailto:"  This tells me to use Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
>       "telnet:"  This tells me to use TELNET protocol
>       "http:"    This tells me to use HyperText Transfer Protocol
>       "shttp:"   This tells me to use Secure HTTP
>       "file:"    This tells me to use the local file system's protcol
>    For all of the above, I (perhaps naively) see the resource
>    identified as the producer (ftp server,telnet deamon,
>    http/shttp web server) or the consumer ( sendmail deamon,
>    web server accepting a POST) of a particular stream of data.
> I have a few questions.  If I use the "http:" scheme for
> a namespace name URI, does it not imply that I should be
> using the HyperText Transfer Protocol?  Yes?    Why or why not?
> If so, what would I be fetching or posting?  And how
> does this at all help the notion of a namespace?  I've
> noticed that some of the namespaces give back a 401
> page not found error.  Does this mean that the namespace
> is no longer valid?

It's generally a good idea to review the archives of a mailing list
you've just joined to avoid posting questions which have already been
given very thorough discussion.

Bob Kline

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