Principles re: Universal Addressing
- Use URIs
- All important resources SHOULD be identified by a URI.
- URI ambiguity
- Ambiguity in the relationship between URIs and resources is
harmful for humans and machines.
- Resource descriptions
- Owners of important resources (for example, Internet protocol
parameters) SHOULD make available representations that describe the
nature and purpose of those resources.
- Safe retrieval
- Agents do not incur obligations by retrieving a
- New URI schemes
- Authors of specifications SHOULD avoid introducing new URI schemes
when existing schemes can be used to meet the goals of the
- Unregistered URI schemes
- Unregistered URI schemes MUST NOT be used on the public Internet
for general purpose applications.
- Open issue: IRIs
- When to use, when to convert, how to compare