Overloaded URIs (was Re: XLink: behavior must go!)

Paul Prescod paul at prescod.net
Tue May 25 20:34:47 BST 1999

James Tauber wrote:
> 1. Namespace URIs don't have to point to anything retrievable, they are just
> unique identifiers
> 2. Some URI schemes might not be web-retrievable (eg "isbn:1-23456-789-0")
> 3. Some URI schemes *are* web-retrievable (eg http://www.megginson.com/ns/)
> 4. So namespaces URIs *can* point to something, though, such as a
> human-readable description of the namespace, if they use a URI scheme that
> is web-retrievable.

It strikes me as clearly poor design to use an HTTP url for something not
retrievable by the HTTP protocol. I am distressed that this is becoming
"standard practice." How the heck are we supposed to know, on seeing a URI
whether it is supposed to be retrievable or not?

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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