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RE: rdfms-resource-semantics

From: Sampo Syreeni <decoy@iki.fi>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 12:25:09 +0300 (EEST)
To: Lee Jonas <lee.jonas@cakehouse.co.uk>
cc: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.4.30.0106071156040.13601-100000@kruuna.Helsinki.FI>
On Wed, 6 Jun 2001, Lee Jonas wrote:

>I didn't fully understand what you meant by this para.  My point is: the
>RDF spec should say RDF describes things via URI references as outlined in
>RFC2396, full stop.  I.e. stop trying to define a special notion of
>'resource'/'thing'/'entity' in the RDF spec - it *is* whatever can be
>referred to by a URI reference.  The RFC2396 definitions of Resource,
>Entity, URI, URI reference, etc are all normative and sufficient.

It was already pointed out that the fragment identifier is not part of the
URI, i.e. the identity of the *resource* pointed to by a URI reference.
RFC2396 uses the work 'resource' to mean whatever is being pointed to by a
URI, not a URI *reference*. The thing pointed to by a URI reference isn't
given a name, and people too often use the word 'resource' to refer to it,
even when this isn't the case. In this sense, the resource in the M&S sense
is very different from the RFC2396 one, and the distinction should be

Sampo Syreeni, aka decoy, mailto:decoy@iki.fi, gsm: +358-50-5756111
student/math+cs/helsinki university, http://www.iki.fi/~decoy/front
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