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Re: Meaning of URIRefs (new test case, comments on Concepts draft)

From: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 18:58:34 -0400
Message-Id: <200210242258.g9OMwY922268@wadimousa.hawke.org>
To: "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
cc: www-rdf-comments@w3.org

> I believe that Sandro's position is indefensible.

Hm.  It's always interesting to see what shape the assault will take.

> To take a particular example, under his preferred proposal it would be 
> impossible to talk about  George-Bush-the-lesser without also committing 
> to the fact that North Korea is a member of the axis of evil, because 
> this would be one of the facts on the web page for George-Bush-the-lesser.

No, it would be quite possible.   If you want to talk about GWB you
have some choices of which URIRef to use.   You're imagining some page
which talks about GWB and also says North Korea is in the "axis of
evil".  I can't find such a page in Google, because all the news pages
quote Bush talking about such an axis rather than asserting themselves
that it exists.   Nonetheless, there might be such a page, and then
using a URI like
   http://whitehouse.example.com/#Bush 
would in fact be committing you to such a dubious fact.  

But you're free to use other pages.   You could use 
   http://www.whitehouse.gov/president/#Bush and be committing to some
lesser statements, like that in his 2002 State of the Union Address,
Bush outlines three priorities.

I expect you, being more-than-competent in the field would chose
instead some more-formal description involving an ontology of the US
Govt or of Heads-of-State, and identifying Bush perhaps as the 43rd
head of the state of the US.   That kind of definition would have very
few unwanted commitments.

   -- sandro
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