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Re: ISSUE-81 (resource vs representation)

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 10:53:15 +0000 (UTC)
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0909271048300.15464@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Sun, 27 Sep 2009, Julian Reschke wrote:
> 
> [...] there are parts of HTML5 which *do* use the traditional 
> definition:
> 
> "A URL is a string used to identify a resource." -- HTML5, Section 
> 2.5.1, <http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#terminology-0> (the 
> fragid may be instable...)

This is actually intended to refer to "bag of bits". It identifies a bag 
of bits in the same way that a telephone number identifies a person. Sure, 
if you call a number at different times you might end up with different 
people, but you're still using a phone number to identify a person, you 
just don't know which one until you try to use the phone.

It may be that you disagree with the meaning used for the word "identify" 
here as well; it's being used in the sense of "give enough information to 
obtain", not the sense "provide a name for" (the latter being the meaning 
often used in Semantic Web circles for the word "identify").

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