Re: Registrar

Dirk Herr-Hoyman <>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 93 09:27:06 -0500
From: Dirk Herr-Hoyman <>
Message-id: <>
Subject: Re: Registrar
Status: RO
Rob writes:

>URNs do not refer to living documents.  URNs refer to static products. 

>Just as the URN is forever, the product to which it refers is forever, and
>if there is some reason to change it, that change creates a new product.
>If the product is for some reason no longer available, then the URN maps
>to zero URLs.

If URNs do not refer to living documents, than what does?  I can't see  
creating two mechanisms, one for static information and one for dynamic.  URLs  
are already used in WWW, which is certainly a vehicle for dynamic documents  
(such as the demonstration annotation server).  If URNs are to be useful, then  
they must be THE Universal mechanism for all resources.  

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