[dispatch] Revising the Well-Known URI registration policy (tldr; new draft, new list)

Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net> Mon, 07 May 2018 12:16 UTC

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Subject: [dispatch] Revising the Well-Known URI registration policy (tldr; new draft, new list)
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Hi everyone,

At the DISPATCH session in London, it became clear that the consensus recorded in RFC5785 about the scope of use for Well-Known URIs didn't match that in the room; while the intended uses in 2010 were focused on site-specific policy and metadata, the mechanism has become attractive for other uses as well.

So, in consultation with Alexey, I reached out to the W3C Technical Architecture Group to see if they had any concerns about opening upon Well-known URI registrations to use cases beyond what's countenanced by RFC5785, since the TAG was originally consulted when we established the registry:

The answer seems to be that they're not too concerned about architectural issues here. That being the case, I think it's reasonable to revise 5785 to allow broader use, and would like to confirm that direction with the broader community.

I've started to reflect that in a revision of my draft:

Diff from previous:

Alexey has created a mailing list to discuss the future of Well-Known URIs here:

If you have suggestions or feedback on this draft, concerns about this change, or other input, please head on over there to discuss.


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Mark Nottingham   https://www.mnot.net/