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RE: terminology question

From: Scott Lawrence <lawrence@agranat.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 08:33:54 -0400
To: <jschroeder@becomsys.de>, <http-wg@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Message-Id: <002801be8029$bba94640$954768c0@oyster.agranat.com>

> From: Jacob Schroeder [mailto:js@catilina.becomsys.de]
> Subject: terminology question

> I'm just trying to understand the terms
>   "representation" and "variant".
>
> After reading the spec for a while I suspect that
> every possible entity from a given resource is a
> "variant" and if content negotiation comes into play
> it is termed "representation" as well.

I would rephrase that to make one distinction - every possible entity
returned for a resource is a variant of that resource.  Any particular
entity returned for a particular request is a representation of that
resource.

> If I have a document that changes only over time (eg CGI output), then
> are the different entities termed as different "variants"
> of the same resource as well?

Only in some theoretical sense, I guess.

Is there some particular rule that seems ambiguous for your case that hinges
on the definition of these terms?
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