[OAI-implementers] OAI-PMH baseURL discovery

Michael Nelson mln at cs.odu.edu
Mon Feb 14 12:13:13 EST 2005

On Sun, 13 Feb 2005, Andy Powell wrote:

> I agree with your conclusion that it is sensible to adopt both approaches
> #2 and #3.


> I disagree with your implied preference for using <meta> rather than
> <link>.  In this case, we clearly want to provide a link to another
> resource - therefore the semantics of the <link> tag are much more
> appropriate than the semantics of the <meta> tag.
> I also suspect that your suggested use of
> OAIPMHbaseURL="..."
> and
> OAIPMHrecord="..."
> break the (X)HTML specs (though I haven't checked)?

you are correct -- they do.

re: meta vs. link...  We don't have a strong opinion either way, but I did
see this:


"This element defines a link. Link conveys relationship information that
may be rendered by user agents in a variety of ways (e.g., a tool-bar with
a drop-down menu of links)."

I know <link> is not in common use, but it appears like the intention is
to promote it to interactive user status?  If so, wouldn't that be the
wrong thing to do with a (for example) GetRecord request?

if we really want to provide robots with a link from html -> OAI-PMH
metadata, don't we run the risk of exposing OAI-PMH requests to the user?


Michael & Herbert

> Andy.

Michael L. Nelson mln at cs.odu.edu http://www.cs.odu.edu/~mln/
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