Namespace URI address resources

Chris Tilt chris at
Mon Jun 14 21:34:27 BST 1999

We built a resolver that worked exactly like this, which returned
a manifested resource based on the accept field from the client. It
worked pretty well by placing the mime types in order of most to
least desired. The client got back a URL, or a URL list (depending
on the request) and could select one of them to fetch.

This was built for a content management system that handled many
kinds of media including broadcast video, audio, and multiple
document types. It worked quite well; the hardest problem was
getting the java classes to allow setting of the "accept" field!

Cheers, Chris

Tim Bray wrote:
> At 02:25 PM 6/14/99 -0400, Murray Maloney wrote:
> >I am suggesting that a schema-aware processor is allowed to resolve
> >the URI to an XML Schema, if possible, and use that schema to
> >inform its processing.
> [deleted]
> In an ideal world, one might imagine that content-negotiation could
> be helpful here - i.e. do a get on the URI and say that you only
> accept text/xml-sox or some such... but I'm not convinced that media-types
> are up to handling this job. -Tim

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