[rfc-i] Angle brackets around URIs/IRIs

Julian Reschke julian.reschke at gmx.de
Thu Mar 27 00:33:26 PDT 2014


On 2014-03-27 05:51, "Martin J. Dürst" wrote:
> On 2014/03/26 07:15, Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) wrote:
>
>>> In 3.2, the rule for angle brackets around URIs is over-broad and
>>> could be dangerous. It should be changed to "Angle brackets are
>>> strongly recommended around URIs that are used as external
>>> references".
>>>
>>
>> My understanding is that RFC 3986 and the W3C's URL spec both recommend
>> the use of angle brackets, but I am ok with the rewording.
>
> Recommended, yes, but not followed that widely because URIs can easily
> stand on their own or be delimited in other ways (spaces, quotes,...).
> ...

They are very useful in plain text content, in particular, when the URI 
crosses a line end.

In the future, where plain text is a secondary format, this won't be 
strictly needed anymore (after all, the URI is supposed to be marked up 
as URI...).

Best regards, Julian


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