> Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 08:09:09 +0100
> From: "Matthew J. Dovey" <[log in to unmask]>
>> It's not just EAD though. There's no restriction in SRW that you
>> can't use it for only short metadata records... Imagine someone
>> with (say) full text journal articles. Or full texts of entire
>> books. Or SVG even? Search through complex structures and return
>> instances of circles. (or whatever SVG primitives are like)
> But is this a real application? Would someone really put up an SRW
> server which when I search for Shakespeare would return the
> full-text of books which mention Shakespeare?
Who knows what wonderful and weird things people will come up with?
Our job in designing a protocol is to provide mechanisms to let
implementors do what they wish, and not to mandate or even imply
policy. Let's not preclude _any_ uses of SRW merely on the grounds
that we don't happen to want to use it that way today.
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