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   RE: [xml-dev] RDDL (was RE: [xml-dev] Negotiate Out The Noise)

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From: Jonathan Borden [mailto:jborden@mediaone.net]

>Well actually, particular since one can now 'resolve' a "urn" there is no
>difference between a URI and URL under any circumstance i.e. the URI
>completely supercedes and incorporates URL and URN. Then again, I just read
>the tea leaves... and at least when I write a "riddle" I label it as such

I checked my latest popsicle stick and it told me that calendars 
should name their daughters May, June and April. 

But I didn't know it superceded URL and URN.  Ok.

>My understanding is that this sort of wiggly language is there on purpose as
>a compromise between those that desired vs. those that did not desire the
>requirement to resolve a namespace URI. The REC clearly does not require
>resolution, however it does not prohibit resolution.

Then that is political. I remember this debate all too well on XML-Dev 
and having had to explain it to the locals, they roll their eyes and 
mutter things.  I don't think that decision by the Namespace WG helped 
it's cause.

>I don't think any can of worms would be opened because people _do_ expect
>that "http" URIs are resolvable. Again the principle of least surprise.

Don't shock the monkey.

>Certainly people that _choose_ to use "http" URIs ought expect resolution,
>its not like there is a shortage of "urns" or something. I would clear
>things up. I think that standardizing common practice is usually a good

I agree with Harry Truman about one-handed scientists.  Standardizing 
common practice is a good idea most of the time.  I can think of some 
habits that shouldn't be and are: burqas for example.  But they aren't 
going away soon because they created their own self-reinforcing behaviors.



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