Using PURLs for spec URLs

Owen Taylor otaylor at
Thu Apr 21 19:19:04 EEST 2005

On Thu, 2005-04-21 at 04:40 -0400, Behdad Esfahbod wrote:
> Hi,
> I want to propose using PURLs [1] for URLs to specs.  Instead of
> pointing directly to the location of an Internet resource, a PURL
> points to an intermediate resolution service. The resolution
> service associates the PURL with the actual URL and returns that
> URL to the client, which can then complete the transaction in the
> normal fashion.  Many RDF-based systems use PURLs these days.
> The or whatever can be allocated for that.

I don't see any big advantage of this compared to using well known
URLs in the hierarchy. is already, in some sense, a resolution service
that we control.


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