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Architectural Principles of Uniform Resource Name Resolution (RFC2276)

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Original Publication Date: 1998-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-15
Document File: 24 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

K. Sollins: AUTHOR

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC2276: DOI

Abstract

This document addresses the issues of the discovery of URN (Uniform Resource Name) resolver services that in turn will directly translate URNs into URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) and URCs (Uniform Resource Characteristics). This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.

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Network Working Group K. Sollins Request for Comments: 2276 MIT/LCS Category: Informational January 1998

Architectural Principles of Uniform Resource Name Resolution

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This document addresses the issues of the discovery of URN (Uniform Resource Name) resolver services that in turn will directly translate URNs into URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) and URCs (Uniform Resource Characteristics). The document falls into three major parts, the assumptions underlying the work, the guidelines in order to be a viable Resolver Discovery Service or RDS, and a framework for designing RDSs. The guidelines fall into three principle areas: evolvability, usability, and security and privacy. An RDS that is compliant with the framework will not necessarily be compliant with the guidelines. Compliance with the guidelines will need to be validated separately.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction..................................................2 2. Assumptions...................................................5 3. Guidelines....................................................7 3.1 Evolution.....................................................7 3.2 Usability....................................................10 3.2.1 The Publisher................................................11 3.2.2 The Client...................................................12 3.2.3 The Management...............................................13 3.3 Security and Privacy.........................................14 4. The Framework................................................18 5. Acknowledgements.............................................23 6. References...................................................23 7. Author’s Address.............................................23 8. Full Copyright Statement.....................................24

Sollins Informational [Page 1]

RFC 2276 Uniform Resource Name Resolution January 1998

1. Introduction

The purpose of this document is to lay out the engineering criteria for what we will call here a Resolver Discovery Service (RDS), a service to help in the learning about URN (Uniform Resource Name) resolvers. The term "resolver" is used in this document to indicate a service that translates URNs to URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) or URCs (Uniform Resource Characteristics). Some resolvers may provide direct access to resources as well. An RDS helps in finding a resolver to contact for further resolution. It is worth noting that some RDS designs may also incorporate resolver functionality. This function of URN resolution is a component of the realization of an information infrastructure. In the case of this work, that infrastructure is to be available, "in the Internet" or globally, and hence the soluti...

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