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Larry Masinter
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researcher, dino web standards geek
researcher, dino web standards geek

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IETF "Security Considerations" and PDF
So one of the things I've been doing lately, is trying to dampen some of the misconceptions and misdirections concerning the Portable Document Format (PDF). Some background about PDF, IETF You can wikipedia PDF, but most everyone heard: invented by Adobe fo...

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Birthday greetings, Packed committees, community, standards
Today is my birthday. I woke to find many birthday greetings on Facebook, and more roll in throughout the day. It's hard to admit how pleasing it is, embarrassing. I haven't asked for birthday greetings and don't usually give them. Maybe I'll change my mind...

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Ambiguity, Semantic web, speech acts, truth and beauty
(I think this post is pretty academic for the web dev crowd, oh well) When talking about URLs and URNs or semantic web or linked data, I keep on returning to a topic. Carl Hewitt gave me a paper about inconsistency which this post reacts to. The traditional...

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Living Standards: "Who Needs IANA?"
I'm reading about two tussles, which seem completely disconnected, although they are about the same thing, and I'm puzzled why there isn't a connection. This is about the IANA protocol parameter registries.  Over in ianaplan@ietf.org  people are worrying ab...

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A much smaller mess, but similar; cross-organizational modularization makes coordination hard.

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The multipart/form-data mess
OK, this is only a tiny mess, in comparison with the URL mess ,  and I have more hope for this one. Way back when (1995), I spec'ed a way of doing "file upload" in RFC1867 . I got into this because some Xerox printing product in the 90s wanted it, and enoug...

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The URL mess
One of the main inventions of the Web was the URL.  And I've gotten stuck trying to help fix up the standards so that they actually work. The standards around URLs, though, have gotten themselves into an organizational political quandary to the point where ...

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Haven't had much reaction to this, either for or against...
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