Re: [urn] URN fragments

Jonathan A Rees <rees@mumble.net> Thu, 21 February 2013 13:56 UTC

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On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 6:36 AM, Juha Hakala <juha.hakala@helsinki.fi>wrote;wrote:

>  Hello Peter; all,
>
> When fragment usage was last discussed on the list, the IETF community disapproved of the idea (if I remember correctly) on the basis that URNs will not be bound to a single manifestation of a resource, such as a PDF version of a book. When the file format changes, the probability that the fragment no longer works is too close for comfort to 1.
>
> That is not my recollection. The problem with defining fragment ids in the
urn: registration is that fragment id semantics comes from RFC 3986 and
simply cannot be changed or overridden by any URI scheme registration.
Quoth 3986:

   Fragment identifier semantics are independent of the
   URI scheme and thus cannot be redefined by scheme specifications.

Jonathan