Re: [urn] IANA repository ... draft-ietf-urnbis-rfc3406bis-urn-reg-02

Alfred Hönes <> Sun, 25 March 2012 21:33 UTC

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Marc Blanchet wrote:

> Le 2012-03-25 à 14:59, Leslie Daigle a écrit :
>> Hi,
>> Is this point in the document:
>>>  [[ NOTE: It would be preferable to restore the generic, most
>>>   universally supported (HTML) form of the registry be identified by an
>>>   implementation-neutral URL, as previously supported by IANA:
>>>   <>.  Yet, currently
>>>   this URI and similar forms all resolve to an XML version.
>>>   The content there should link to alternate forms (.xml, .txt), and
>>>   those alternate versions should indicate the *other* versions; i.e.,
>>>   where the .txt version (currently only available at ftp.IANA.ORG)
>>>   also says, "This registry is also available in XML and plain text
>>>   formats.", it should better say: "This registry is also available in
>>>   HTML and XML formats."  Similarly, the XML form should point to the
>>>   HTML and plain text forms. ]]
>> actually a question for the URN document, or rather something for the
>> IESG/IAB to explain or take up with IANA?  I.e., it seems to me that
>> this is a broader question of references to IANA registries, and not
>> just *this* reference to *an* IANA registry?
> - actually, the note above (the extract from the document) is wrong.
>   + each XML registry has in the note: "This registry is also
>     available in plain text."  and the .txt is available by http.

the first statement may be correct, but I've seen examples of the
second being definitely not holding any more.

>   + the html version is redundant. the xml version has xsl statement
>     for browsers to render it in html on the fly. so no need to have
>     a separate html page.

I do not agree.  This is not universally true.
For these registries, all I see in my browser is an offer to save
the .xml as a file, and hence I don't get a chance to click on
a link to an alternate format.
At least some of the supported .txt URIs seem to be non-intuitive;
e.g. you don't get the .txt form by appending ".txt" to the generic URI.


> Marc.
>> Leslie.