[PATCH] uri.7: The term URL is deprecated, in favor of URI

Alejandro Colomar (man-pages) alx.manpages at gmail.com
Tue Mar 29 16:23:43 UTC 2022

Hi Jakub!

On 3/29/22 00:15, Jakub Wilk wrote:
> * Alejandro Colomar <alx.manpages at gmail.com>, 2022-03-28, 20:27:
>> See RFCs 4395 (obsoleted by 7595) and 7595.
>> So, since URI and URL have been used as synonims
> s/synonim/synonym/ (here and elsewhere)

Oops.  I always doubt when writing words with two y/i in them.
I should run
	dict -m synonim
	echo synonim synonym | spell
before typing! :)

>> the RFCs seem to have explicitly avoided URL, and now use URI as the
>> only term, which still means what it meant (so now URL is just a
>> synonim for URI).
> No, as far as RFCs are concerned, URLs are a proper subset of URIs; they
> are not synonyms.

Hmmm, now I've read a few more RFCs, and it seems you're right.

>> This commit replaces (almost all) occurences of URL by URI, except
>> when it is referring to the old term itself.  Keep some legacy info
>> just for readers to understand this.
> I'm not sure this is a step in the right direction. As a data point, in
> contrast to IETF, WHATWG standardized on the term "URL":
> https://url.spec.whatwg.org/#goals

As you say, it's not.  I'm now more confused than I was before, so I
will revert this change.

If you feel like you could update the page, since you seem to know more
than me in this regard, that would be great.

Thanks for the review!


Alejandro Colomar
Linux man-pages comaintainer; https://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/

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