Public Identifiers

james anderson James.Anderson at
Wed Sep 23 19:27:22 BST 1998

John Cowan wrote:
> Chris Maden wrote:
> > There is a need to refer to things
> > that nobody has registered, yes.  But you then say that Joe User
> > shouldn't register Sears, but that's exactly what he did in your
> > -//Sears//... example.  If Sears has not created an FPI for their 1922
> > catalog, then Joe User should say -//Joe User//NONSGML Sears Roebuck
> > and Co. 1922 Catalog//EN.
> I agree absolutely.

I almost agree.
There is also a need to refer to "things" which someone else has registered.
It shouldn't matter whether Sears has created an identifier or not. Any naming
authority should be able to generate any name within its space within the
terms of fair use. Otherwise, for example, there would be no way to catalogue
a library.

Is there's something special about FPI's which precludes this?

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