URNs in SYSTEM declarations

Jerome McDonough jmcdonou at library.berkeley.edu
Wed Oct 20 20:14:22 BST 1999

At 12:35 PM 10/20/99 -0400, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
>Next question... do any XML parsers support URNs?  Do they use these
>resolution protocols?

None, to the best of my knowledge.  Justin Couch, who's been working on the
IETF WG on URNs, proposed a file-based resolution system that I suspect
could be integrated into a lot of XML parsers without too much fuss.  You can
find his proposal at
It would only give you a local solution, instead of a global one, but that
be enough for many uses.

>URNs feel a lot like FPIs to me in terms of their resolvability and lack of
>infrastructure thereof, and I often wonder if they really belong mixed with
>URLs. Oh well.

Many places (including the university where I work) would probably switch to
a URN based system of tracking resources tomorrow, *if* Navigator and
IE both supported URN resolution.  Occassionally when stricken with fever
I consider going to work for Microsoft just to get URN resolution incorporated
to the damned browsers.....

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