[uf-discuss] Re: Generating valid unique IDs for hAtom

Toby A Inkster mail at tobyinkster.co.uk
Mon Jul 16 03:08:21 PDT 2007

Ben Ward wrote:

> http://diveintomark.org/archives/2004/05/28/howto-atom-id
> It includes instructions on generating Tag URIs and also explains why  
> permalinks are sub-optimal as IDs.

And the reasons he gives are:

	1. In case developers of Atom clients are stupid; and
	2. In case your permalinks change.

#1 is an exercise in making things foolproof, which is not even worth
bothering trying, as those fools can be so ingenious. As for #2, it's
fixing the wrong problem: if changing permalinks causes the Atom ID to
change, then you should fix your permalinks which are not supposed to

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