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gloss standard "resource" terminology, please

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 01 Apr 2010 17:10:39 -0500
To: public-html-comments <public-html-comments@w3.org>
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The 1st occurrence of "resource" in the body of the spec* is:

"This specification defines an abstract language for describing documents
and applications, and some APIs for interacting with in-memory representations
of resources that use this language"
 -- 1.6 HTML vs XHTML

That seems refer to some specialized definition of "resource", but since
this is the 1st occurrence, the reader has no definition to recall.

Section 2.1.1 Resources doesn't define the term either. Nor 2.1 Terminology.

Perhaps it would be simpler use "document" in this 1st case? i.e.

  ... and some APIs for interacting with in-memory representations
  of documents that use this language.

I couldn't find a definition at all.

Meanwhile, this is only 1 of 653 occurrences of "resource" in the spec.
Most of them seem to be used in the sense of "representation"
from the URI standard:

   When URIs are used within information retrieval systems to identify 
   sources of information, the most common form of URI dereference is
   "retrieval": making use of a URI in order to retrieve a
   representation of its associated resource.  A "representation" is a
   sequence of octets, along with representation metadata describing
   those octets, that constitutes a record of the state of the resource
   at the time when the representation is generated.
 -- 1.2.2.  Separating Identification from Interaction

Would you please add a gloss, similar to the one that
connects "MIME type" and "Internet Media Type"?

The term MIME type is used to refer to what is sometimes called an
Internet media type in protocol literature. The term media type in this
specification is used to refer to the type of media intended for
presentation, as used by the CSS specifications. [RFC2046] [MQ]
 -- 2.1.1 Resource

* http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html
Revision: 1.3957
Draft 4 March 2010

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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