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

David Megginson david at
Mon May 31 23:14:20 BST 1999

Paul Prescod writes:

 > Otherwise I could put http:// URLs on my website and say: "Oh, you
 > were supposed to interpret those as gopher URLs. The URL
 > spec. doesn't disallow that you know!"

Yes, but the specs define the use of http and gopher URLs within the
domain of accessing resources over a network connection.

 > If we take advantage of this formal logic loophole then the
 > elephants can come barging through.

In the case of namespace URIs, we're looking at a different use domain
(naming XML elements and attributes), not just a logical loophole.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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