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resolution vs dereference WAS Re: Serialization spec in the OA core

From: Bob Morris <morris.bob@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2012 15:30:22 -0400
Message-ID: <CADUi7O5aw6jiYoAKwyZpb40gZqvp8h=MfJ_99pG2a1U4Eg7akg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Robert Sanderson <azaroth42@gmail.com>
Cc: public-openannotation <public-openannotation@w3.org>
On Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM, Robert Sanderson <azaroth42@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Bob,
> [...]
> I agree that according to the wording of RFC 3986, I am conflating
> resolution and dereferencing in the current specification text.  If
> you'd like to suggest a clearer way to express it, I'm happy to adjust
> the wording :)
Short: Stick with dereference.

Long: As a recovering algebraist, I have a fetish for terminological
precision. However, I am at peace with myself over the fact that
almost everybody uses one or the other  when they mean both. Including
me.  Furthermore, it's almost always possible from the context when
people mean both and/or don't need to care about the difference.  So I
tend to use both mainly in discourse only where it actually matters
which one I am talking about.

 Except among implementors, most discussion is about the information
returned by dereferencing,  not about how it was obtained. Also,
whereas resolution (resp resolvable) without dereferencing (resp
deferencable) are meaningful, the converse is not.  Putting this all
together, I favor dereferencing as the default usage even when
"resolution and dereferencing" is meant.

All that said, if we get to the step of developing a W3C
Recommendation, it will surprise me a little if we will be allowed to
be sloppy on such points involving terminology constrained in other
W3C Recommendations, at least not without a warning in an
introduction.  I'd particularly expect to see such pickiness arise on
usage in normative sentences.


Robert A. Morris

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