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RE: Are generic resources intentional?

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 10:38:31 -0400
To: "Williams, Stuart (HP Labs, Bristol)" <skw@hp.com>
Cc: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>, Jonathan Rees <jar@creativecommons.org>, "noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com" <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>, AWWSW TF <public-awwsw@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1244731111.4121.66.camel@dbooth-laptop>
On Thu, 2009-06-11 at 11:02 +0000, Williams, Stuart (HP Labs, Bristol)
[ . . . ]
> Ok... you've reminded of a message from Joshua Allen early in the life
> of the TAG which introduces the notion of resources as
> (wa-)representation o hypertext *dispensers*
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2002Jul/0302.html

Interesting post!  I don't agree with all of his points, but his
characterization of a web resource as a representation *dispenser* is
very nice:
An http: identifier in practice simply locates a "representation
dispenser for a resource".  The identity of the resource for which it
dispenses representations is immaterial, and a red herring in this
discussion.  That is because the http: identifier itself simply
identifies the *dispenser*.

David Booth, Ph.D.
Cleveland Clinic (contractor)

Opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily
reflect those of Cleveland Clinic.
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