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Representation of a secondary resource?

From: Jacek Kopecky <jacek.kopecky@deri.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 17:54:05 +0200
To: public-webarch-comments@w3.org
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Hi, sorry I missed the deadline, but perhaps this question could also be
considered as a last-call comment on the current AWWW document.

The document mentions secondary resources but does not seem to talk
about dereferencing them and about the resulting representation (nor
does rfc 2396 bis).

Currently, a secondary resource may be some portion or subset of the
primary resource, some view on representations of the primary resource,
or some other resource defined or described by those representations.
(sec 2.6)

But does the secondary resource have a representation itself? I'd expect
that if it's some view on representations of the primary resource, the
view is the representation, but if it's some other resource defined or
described by the representations of the primary resource, then it
doesn't seem to have a representation itself.

Is it significant to consider then the question of when is a secondary
resource also an information resource (aka web resource)? I believe it
might be very beneficial to point out that some secondary resources are
not in fact web resources and could represent, say, the usual "my dog". 

This could then lead to what I think would be a good practice:

Worldly objects (people, cars, pets) should be considered secondary
resources and defined/described by the representations of their
respective primary resources.

Best regards,

                   Jacek Kopecky

                   Ph.D. student researcher
                   Digital Enterprise Research Institute, Innsbruck
                   http://www.deri.org/
Received on Tuesday, 21 September 2004 15:57:55 GMT

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