Public Identifiers

Steven R. Newcomb srn at
Tue Sep 22 22:09:28 BST 1998

Many thanks for the extremely helpful note!

[Jerome McDonough:]

> The URN working group of the IETF is working on an Internet Draft
> addressing the issue of how name assignment authorities are registered
> (or not).  Quoting from the draft: "In a nutshell, a template for
> the definition of the namespace is completed for deposit with IANA,
> and a NID (namespace identifier) is assigned."  The draft contemplates 
> three levels of name spaces: experimental, informal, and formal.
> Experimental are not explicitly registered with IANA, and take
> the form of x-<NID>; no provision is made for avoiding collision
> of experimental NIDs.

Do you think I would be correct in assuming that I could use the
above-described x-<NID> form to assign the "1922 Sears Farm Catalog"
to a namespace I invent that I could call, in effect, "Sears, Roebuck
& Co."?


Steven R. Newcomb, President, TechnoTeacher, Inc.
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