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RE: Resource Gloss (Human Readable)
- From: Tim Bray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Charles Reitzel <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2001 10:18:37 -0800
At 09:37 AM 04/01/01 -0500, Charles Reitzel wrote:
>1) RDDL looks good, but it directly competes w/ the existing OASIS work
>without offering any significant additional benefit.
The OASIS stuff I know about is entity-catalogue stuff, which seems
like a different space. Can you educate us with a couple of pointers?
>2) I don't think you can force anything down anyone's throats on this
>matter. The NS spec is clear.
Agreed, but anything that purports to document a namespace should
not try and skip documenting it for humans, who at this point in
history are still the main consumers of such information.
>3) There appears to be grudging consensus that you shouldn't URL format
>(i.e. protocol identifier prefixes, host and domain, plus a file spec) as a
>namespace URI unless it actually works.
I'm not sure I agree that there's consensus on this, but I think
the problem is harder because there is *no* consensus as to
what kind of thing dereferencing the URL should get. Thus
the recent flurry of proposals.
>Perhaps someone can point me to a good grammar for URL interpretation.
I assume you've read the RFCs? Nobody would say they're perfect,
but they have lots of crystal-clear grammar productions. -Tim