Will Gemini ever become a standardized protocol?

Genro gemini-lists.orbitalfox.eu at box559.com
Thu Mar 25 09:07:19 GMT 2021


almaember wrote on 2021-03-25 1:29 a.m.:
> On Thu, 25 Mar 2021 01:25:53 -0700
> Genro <gemini-lists.orbitalfox.eu at box559.com> wrote:
> 
>> almaember wrote on 2021-03-25 12:26 a.m.:
>>> On Thu, 25 Mar 2021 02:13:02 +0000
>>> Jordan <jordan at crowesnest.io> wrote:
>>>    
>>>> Eh, I couldnt care less if it does or not. What would the big
>>>> benefits be if it does?
>>>>
>>>> -------- Original Message --------
>>>> On Mar 24, 2021, 6:16 PM, almaember wrote:
>>>>   
>>>>> Hello,
>>>>>
>>>>> I was wondering. Right now, Gemini uses a non-registered protocol
>>>>> schema (gemini://) and a non-registered MIME-type (text/gemini).
>>>>>
>>>>> The specification is a self-identified "pseudo-specification", and
>>>>> is often not specific enough, leading to a number of de facto
>>>>> standards, and the main website took a descriptive approach, and
>>>>> simply collected[1] these "standards".
>>>>>
>>>>> I understand that this is a very young protocol, but I wanted to
>>>>> post this question anyway. Do you think Gemini will ever become a
>>>>> standard? Even if not a standard published by a big organization
>>>>> like the ISO, ECMA, IETF or IEEE, will text/gemini and the gemini
>>>>> url scheme ever be registered with the IANA?
>>>>>
>>>>> Cheers,
>>>>> almaember
>>>>>
>>>>> [1]: https://gemini.circumlunar.space/docs/best-practices.gm
>>>
>>> One benefit would be a more definitive standard. We could also
>>> register the port so no other software will use it.
>>>
>>> And Gemini might also get into projects like cURL.
>>
>>
>> The port is already registered - to someone else.
>>
>> Port 1965 has been assigned for years to "qsm-gui."
>>
>> See
>> https://www.iana.org/assignments/service-names-port-numbers/service-names-port-numbers.xhtml?&page=19
> 
> So that's a lost battle for use, isn't it?
> At least we could get the MIME type. What is qsm-gui anyway? It's
> pretty unlikely we are gonna collide with it.
> 

Apparently port 1965 was registered to "qsm-gui" in 2004 but now is 
assigned to "tivoli npm", at least as listed here:
https://www.iana.org/assignments/service-names-port-numbers/service-names-port-numbers.xhtml?search=1965

There's more discussion in this thread from last month:
https://lists.orbitalfox.eu/archives/gemini/2021/005754.html
and in following replies.


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