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  • From: Francis Norton <francis@redrice.com>
  • To: Ed Hilburn <lan3bra7@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 13:53:28 +0100

Ed Hilburn wrote:

> 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?
I have come up with a personal argument (ie I don't *recall* having seen
it mentioned, though it seems fairly obvious) which helps reconcile me
to this usage, which I also found counter-intuitive: 

[1]	the point of using domain names is to exploit an existing naming and
authorisation system
[2]	in practice people may not have *general* authority over any part of
their organisation's domain namespace, for instance I might be allowed
to place documents in my employers http website at
"public.myboss.com/francis", but not on their ftp or their secure
website addressed by the the same domain and path,
[3]	so in this case the "scheme" prefix simply exists to prevent name
authorisation vacuums or conflicts.

Hope this helps -


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