Re: WWWWW Notes: The wall, etc

Martijn Koster (
Wed, 08 Sep 1993 12:23:48 +0100

Hi Steve,

In your conference notes you write:

> global index/resource discovery
> walking the web is bad
> servers reporting their contents is good

Has there been any more discussion on this? It seems there already is a real
requirement for this. There are already more HTML meta libraries than I know
what to do with, and most of these are maintained (or not) by hand. In the
future there may be nice solutions with X.500, whois++, URN's etc, but in the

It seems to me that if we can define a simple format and a standard relative
HTTP pathname of a document describing the contents of servers the maintenance
of meta libraries can be easily automated, in an archie-like way.

Is there any interest in this? Would people be prepared to keep such a
contents page up to date?

> use whois++
> real soon now (Simon Spero)

Can somebody enlighten me on how whois++ fits in?

-- Martijn
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