Overloaded URIs must GO!

Paul Prescod paul at prescod.net
Fri May 28 16:47:54 BST 1999

Andrew Layman wrote:
> Regarding the discussion on non-retrievable URIs, you may want to look into
> the URN spec, and more generally, at the paper "Naming and Addressing: URIs,
> URLs, ... " at http://www.w3.org/Addressing/.

I am not so upset about non-retrivable URIs in general as non-retrievable


"This document specifies a Uniform Resource Locator (URL), the syntax and
semantics of formalized information for **location and access of resources
on the Internet.**"

Furthermore, that document defines the http:-syntax URL as being tied to
the HTTP protocol which it clearly is not when it is abused as in 


I haven't yet heard a defense (credible or otherwise) of this nasty and
non-intuitive practice. If you don't want your URI to be locatable and
retrievable on the Internet then *please do not use the URL syntax!*

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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