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Re: Are generic resources intentional?

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 08:18:03 -0500
Cc: Jonathan Rees <jar@creativecommons.org>, noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com, AWWSW TF <public-awwsw@w3.org>, "Williams, Stuart (HP Labs, Bristol)" <skw@hp.com>
Message-Id: <CA031489-FE47-4959-B924-BB5C878E251C@ihmc.us>
To: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>

On Jun 9, 2009, at 4:45 PM, Alan Ruttenberg wrote:

>> Why not, "can emit a response to some kind of access protocol"  ?  
>> That seems
>> to handle all the present and all the likely future cases, be  
>> unambiguous,
>> and (by philosophical standards) vividly clear and unambiguous. And  
>> it has
>> the great merit of talking about the **actual resource** rather  
>> than an
>> awww:representation of it, which (latter) is what gets conveyed in  
>> messages,
>> in fact.
> What does  "can emit a response to some kind of access protocol"   
> the answer to?
> Notably, it doesn't include things like text files with html in them.

Right, and a text file with html in it cannot "be on the web" either,  
unless it is somehow incorporated into something larger that CAN  
respond to a transfer protocol request; and then, that larger (in some  
appropriate sense...) thing is what is actually on the Web, is  
involved with Web architecture, is a REST resource, etc. etc.. If bare  
text files were on the Web, you could read my hard disc from where you  
are sitting now.


> -Alan

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