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   Re: [xml-dev] Web Design Principles (was Re: [xml-dev] GeneralityofHTTP)

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On Mon, 28 Jan 2002, Paul Prescod wrote:

> Just "convenient"? Show me how a system like the Web could work without
> URIs. One domain name per document? How do you decide what protocol to
> use to retrieve it?

Yes, one domain name per document. What's wrong with that? We can do it
already with HTTP virtual hosting and CNAMEs and the common shortcut that
a browser will map a raw domain name into http://domain/.

Consider X.500, which is 'URIs done properly'; it's a single resolution
system, with only one protocol accessing it (so clients are easy to write;
ever written a complete URI resolver? Lotsa cases to handle...) for all
resources. This is putting a decent naming system in as the core of a
distributed system, rather than hacking one in on top to try and unify a
load of different resource types.


                               Alaric B. Snell
 http://www.alaric-snell.com/  http://RFC.net/  http://www.warhead.org.uk/
   Any sufficiently advanced technology can be emulated in software


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