Re: Simple solution? Pub. Idents. vs URN.
Jon Bosak wrote:
> [Terry Allen:]
> | ISBNs precisely do identify classes of identical physical objects.
> | The paperback and hardback realizations of the same text (nonphysical
> | object) printed exactly the same way commonly have different ISBNs.
> | Furthermore, sloppy publishers sometimes do not change the ISBN of a
> | book when they issue a revised edition. ISBNs are about the worst
> | possible illustration of URNs.
> You're right, that was a terrible example. Legal citations might have
> been better.
Ah, but it is interesting how many real world examples of URNs you
can come up with regardless of how usable they are. Please, do
on with some more illustrations. How are URNs and SGML catalogs
related? What happens if an SGML catalog contains more than one
of these kinds of examples? How and where does a URN begin to
break down? How does the URL make this less likely to happen?
A URN is cited in VRML now. I will get the text and post it
for comparison after the TurkeyFestFever ends later tonight.
BTW, just in the translations provided, I can show where two
books have different contents. The printed copy of the Quran
has a chapter called "The Booty" whereas the text Jon provided
calls this "The Spoils of War". So, physical? Are translations
different objects logically?