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Are URI-References bound to resources?

From: Aaron Swartz <aswartz@upclink.com>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 13:20:55 -0500
To: <uri@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B72197B6.B3E8%aswartz@upclink.com>
In RDF, I've seen people binding URIs like:


to different resources. The URI spec clearly says:

<q cite="http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2396.txt">
   A Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) is a compact string of characters
   for identifying an abstract or physical resource.

but later when it defines URI references, it says:

   The term "URI-reference" is used here to denote the common usage of a
   resource identifier.  A URI reference may be absolute or relative,
   and may have additional information attached in the form of a
   fragment identifier.  However, "the URI" that results from such a
   reference includes only the absolute URI after the fragment
   identifier (if any) is removed and after any relative URI is resolved
   to its absolute form.

This seems to imply that URI references (that is, URIs with fragment
identifiers) are not bound to a resource themselves. Instead, the only
resource involved is that of the absolute URI itself.

Is this interpretation correct? If so, it would have serious consequences
for many RDF specifications.

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