> Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 10:21:47 -0400
> From: Ray Denenberg <[log in to unmask]>
> We need to have a dc prefix, forthe 15 dc elements, with dc
> Whether or not we need in addition an un-prefixed list should be
> argued based on the above premise. What would it consist of?
> Obviously, it wouldn't simply be the 15 dc elements with dc
> semantics again. What then? Would it be the 15 dc element names
> with semantics even more ambiguous than dc? What would be the
OK, last try at this subject. Then I promise to shut up and let you
decide amongst yourselves.
Suppose you're writing a server. A client sends a search against a
CQL prefix "title". Now your back-end configuration doesn't know
anything about that prefix. All it knows about is "bib.title" and
"heraldry.title". So what does it do? Well, it could just fault the
search: that's perfectly legitimate but doesn't strike me as very
helpful. If you want to make life nice for the poor user (or the poor
multi-casting search gateway) you'll guess that it probably meant
bib.title and go ahead on that basis.
My suggestion is simply this: that we gently encourage servers which
want to be useful to do so by using DC-like semantics for unqualifed
prefixes that it doesn't have its own meaning for.
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor <[log in to unmask]> www.miketaylor.org.uk
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