URI Design and Ownership (RFC7320)
Original Publication Date: 2014-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Jul-11
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
URIs [RFC3986] very often include structured application data. This might include artifacts from filesystems (often occurring in the path component) and user information (often in the query component). In some cases, there can even be application-specific data in the authority component (e.g., some applications are spread across several hostnames to enable a form of partitioning or dispatch).
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) M. Nottingham Request for Comments: 7320 BCP: 190 July 2014 Updates: 3986 Category: Best Current Practice ISSN: 2070-1721
URI Design and Ownership
Section 1.1.1 of RFC 3986 defines URI syntax as "a federated and extensible naming system wherein each scheme's specification may further restrict the syntax and semantics of identifiers using that scheme." In other words, the structure of a URI is defined by its scheme. While it is common for schemes to further delegate their substructure to the URI's owner, publishing independent standards that mandate particular forms of URI substructure is inappropriate, because that essentially usurps ownership. This document further describes this problematic practice and provides some acceptable alternatives for use in standards.
Status of This Memo
This memo documents an Internet Best Current Practice.
This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). It represents the consensus of the IETF community. It has received public review and has been approved for publication by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). Further information on BCPs is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.
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RFC 7320 URI Design Ownership July 2014
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
1.1. Intended Audience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
1.2. Notational Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
2. Best Current Practices for Standardizing Structured URIs . . 4
2.1. URI Schemes . . ....