Paul has volunteered (was Re: Overloaded URIs must GO!)

Tim Bray tbray at
Mon May 31 20:05:08 BST 1999

At 12:47 PM 5/31/99 -0500, Paul Prescod wrote:
>> > Using HTTP for URIs sounds intrinsically <em>bad</em> to me.  ...

>Well, the first problem is that it is wrong: it is in violation of IETF
>specifications about the semantics of http: URLs. Personally, I think that
>standards incompliance should be argument enough.

No.  The IETF docs explain how a URI may be used to reference a resource
on the Web.  They further say that URIs are in fact designed to facilitate
this process.  There is nothing in there I've seen stating that they *must*
be so used, nor that they may not be used for other purposes.  Or am
I missing something? -Tim

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