URL Problem Statement and Directions

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Authors Sam Ruby  , Larry Masinter 
Last updated 2015-07-20 (latest revision 2015-01-11)
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This document lays out the problem space of possibly conflicting standards between multiple organizations for URLs and things like them, and proposes some actions to resolve the conflicts. From a user or developer point of view, it makes no sense for there to be a proliferation of definitions of URL nor for there to be a proliferation of incompatible implementations. This shouldn't be a competitive feature. Therefore there is a need for the organizations involved to update and reconcile the various Internet Drafts, Recommendations, and Standards in this area.


Sam Ruby (rubys@intertwingly.net)
Larry Masinter (masinter@adobe.com)

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