The use of Metadata in URIs

Noah Mendelsohn, Stuart Williams

Noah Mendelsohn, Stuart Williams, The use of Metadata in URIs, World Wide Web Consortium, TAG Finding, January 2007.

This finding addresses several questions regarding Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs). Specifically, what information about a resource can or should be embedded in its URI? What metadata can be reliably determined from a URI, and in what circumstances is it appropriate to rely on the correctness of such information? In what circumstances is it appropriate to use information from a URI as a hint as to the nature of a resource or its representations? Simple examples are used to explain the tradeoffs involved in employing such metadata in URIs.


Keywords: URI (Uniform Resource Identifier)0.9;


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