[whatwg] Link rot is not dangerous

Manu Sporny msporny at digitalbazaar.com
Fri May 15 11:32:39 PDT 2009

Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> Reversed domains aren't *meant* to link to anything.  They shouldn't
> be parsed at all.  They're a uniquifier so that multiple vocabularies
> can use the same terms without clashing or ambiguity.  The Microdata
> proposal also allows normal urls, but they are similarly nothing more
> than a uniquifier.
> CURIEs, at least theoretically, *rely* on the prefix lookup.  After
> all, how else can you tell that a given relation is really the same
> as, say, foaf:name?  If the domain isn't available, the data will be
> parsed incorrectly.  That's why link rot is an issue.

Where in the CURIE spec does it state or imply that if a domain isn't
available, that the resulting parsed data will be invalid?

-- manu

Manu Sporny
President/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
blog: A Collaborative Distribution Model for Music

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