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On Mon, Jul 22, 2002 at 02:29:44PM +0100, Miles Sabin wrote:
>Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote,
>> All the "always resolves" means is that if the http: endowed URI is
>> handed to a resolver, it will resolve.  What gets returned may be
>> caca, but it will resolve.
>What? Even http://this.host.does.not.exist/ ?
>You won't even get a 404 from that. Do you count TCP-level failures as 

*I* certainly would.

Resolution is entirely separate from retrieval.  URLs typically have rules
for parsing, normalization, resolution, and retrieval/location.  It is
entirely possible to "resolve" a URL without retrieving/locating it.

Amelia A. Lewis       amyzing@talsever.com      alicorn@mindspring.com
I don't want what's best for you--
    where will I be when you've found it?
        I pray a lot about these bad feelings inside
            but I can't pray my way through or around it.
                -- Emily Saliers


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