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Pat's proposed text (WAS: Resources and URIs)

From: Miles Sabin <miles@milessabin.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2003 23:32:32 +0100
To: uri@w3c.org
Message-Id: <200304232332.32597.miles@milessabin.com>

pat hayes wrote,
> [ PS. Here is my suggestion for an alternative introductory text. It
> probably needs wordsmithing.
> "This document specifies the syntax of URIs, which are a form of
> global identifier used in Web protocols and languages.  Particular
> uses of URIs, and their intended meanings in various contexts, are
> described in other specifications. In general, the entities referred
> to or identified by URIs when used in Web contexts are called
> "resources"., but this document does not specify the nature of
> resources or to restrict resources to any particular category of
> entities."
> and leave it at that.  Nothing else at all about resources, no
> examples, no discussion.
> This follows a dictum: when something is highly controversial, don't
> try to get it right, just don't say it. And it tacitly admits what is
> the actual case, which is that its up to the world in general to
> decide what URIs are *actually* going to mean.. So the least said,
> the better.]

This would get my vote if I had one. 

It's concrete enough for the rest of the text to make sense. It's 
admirably clear and concise. And it seems to cover all the use cases.


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