Re: server redirects by client domain

Larry Masinter (
Fri, 22 Dec 1995 21:42:48 PST

There are at least three proposals floating to use 'DNS' to change how
references work:

a) use DNS for finding URN resolution services
(cf. various draft-ietf-uri-urn-* proposals).

Among other things, URN resolution services would help you find mirror
sites and replicas of the 'same' resource.

b) use DNS to indicate HTTP-NG vs HTTP support.

Simon Spero mentioned this in his talk describing HTTP-NG, that DNS
records might indicate the use of a completely different protocol for

c) use DNS for simple host replication/round robin to indicate
multiple sites at different geographic (network topology) locations.

Whatever you think of these individually, doing them all with separate
DNS entries seems like a bad idea.