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Re: Final(?) Relative Externals format

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2005-01-26 19:37:30 CET

On Tue, 2005-01-25 at 14:02, Max Bowsher wrote:
> Good, I think general consensus is that all 3 forms drawn from RFC2396 are
> acceptable - so we can split the controversial repository relative
> discussion off into a seperate discussion.

Big party pooper here:

I think the forms drawn from RFC2396 are terribly user-unfriendly, and
rely on people memorizing a map from obscure leading punctuation to
semantics.

Relative URLs in the context of the web are fairly user-friendly because
there is no distinction between "the site" and "the repository". So a
link to "/path" is pretty clearly site-relative. We don't have that
luxury.

So I'm -0.5 on the RFC2396 forms. I recommend making everything very
explicit, using keywords like "site", "repos", and "scheme" at at the
beginning of the externals (possibly in all-caps in hopes of
distinguishing the keywords from user path elements, although of course
user path elements can be in all-caps as well).

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