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Re: resources, stuffs and individuation

From: pat hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2003 18:13:11 -0500
Message-Id: <p05210609bacccdcdd658@[]>
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@apache.org>
Cc: uri@w3.org

>>... so how about "a resource is anything that can be referred to".
>It is synonymous with "a resource is anything that can be identified",

That wasn't my intent. One may be able to refer without identifying, 
which was part of the point. Also, I know what 'refer' means much 
better than I know what 'identify' means. It carries less baggage.

>which creates a circular definition of URI,

Whats wrong with circular definitions? At this level of generality, 
its almost inevitable for definitions to be mutually recursive.  It 
might be better just to not give definitions at all, however.


>something which was corrected
>in response to a complaint in the prior review cycle that resulted in
>the current definition.

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