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Re: A shot at http://www.w3.org/2000/03/rdf-tracking/Overview.html#rdfms-resource-sem antics

From: Graham Klyne <Graham.Klyne@Baltimore.com>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 12:56:04 +0100
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To: Aaron Swartz <aswartz@upclink.com>
Cc: <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>

I acknowledge that the RFC2396 definition doesn't specifically limit an 
entity to being a "bag of bits".  For the purpose of the current debate, 
that didn't seem to be the key issue ...  what I was trying to emphasize 
was the distinction between the "conceptual mapping" and the things denoted 
by that mapping.  I.e. that resource != entity.


At 01:56 PM 5/11/01 -0500, Aaron Swartz wrote:
>Graham Klyne <Graham.Klyne@Baltimore.com> wrote:
> > I thought the URI spec was fairly clear that:
> >
> > (a) a resource is a "conceptual mapping"
> >
> > (b) an entity is a "bag of bits"
>Actually, the URI spec says:
><q cite="http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2396.txt"
>          The resource is the conceptual mapping to an entity or set of
>          entities, not necessarily the entity which corresponds to that
>          mapping at any particular instance in time.
>To me that seems to indicate that an entity can be more than a bag of bits.
>The HTTP spec, however, seems to use this narrower definition of a "network
><q cite="http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2616.txt">
>    entity
>       The information transferred as the payload of a request or
>       response. An entity consists of metainformation in the form of
>       entity-header fields and content in the form of an entity-body, as
>       described in section 7.
>DanC, you may want to link these definitions into the Architecture/Terms
>document for later discussions.
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