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Re: Resources and URIs

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: 23 Apr 2003 17:42:08 -0500
To: Pat Hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Cc: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>, "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@apache.org>, uri@w3c.org
Message-Id: <1051137728.28482.661.camel@dirk.dm93.org>

On Wed, 2003-04-23 at 16:35, 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.

Yes, that works for me.

> 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.]

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Wednesday, 23 April 2003 18:41:58 UTC

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