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RE: Resources and URIs

From: <Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 09:43:31 +0300
Message-ID: <A03E60B17132A84F9B4BB5EEDE57957B5FBBA4@trebe006.europe.nokia.com>
To: <GK@ninebynine.org>, <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Cc: <uri@w3.org>

> I don't know if this is just word-play, but my view is not to 
> attempt to 
> claim a URI has a single denotation in all possible 
> interpretations, but to 
> suggest that there exists a particular intended interpretation, which 
> provides a denotation for all URIs, and hence that the thing 
> "identified" 
> by a URI is that which it denotes in this particular interpretation.
> It seems clear that we don't know enough to completely specify this 
> interpretation, but on the other hand there are demonstrably a useful 
> number of things we do agree on for it to be of some practical use.

I think this is essentially what I have been trying to express by
talking about SW agents "presuming" that URIs have globally consistent

I.e., that the SW enables consistent, reliable 
interchange of knowledge by which different SW agents can draw the
same conclusions -- because there is this *presumed* single 
interpretation for all URIs. 

That doesn't mean that there can't be other interpretations, nor does
it mean that there won't be other interpretations, but the practical
goals of the SW must *presume* that such a single interpretation
holds across the SW in order to achieve any semblance of consistency.



Patrick Stickler, Nokia/Finland, (+358 40) 801 9690, patrick.stickler@nokia.com
Received on Tuesday, 29 April 2003 02:47:47 UTC

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