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RE: Location vs. names

From: <Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2001 22:50:13 +0300
Message-ID: <6D1A8E7871B9D211B3B00008C7490AA50795876D@treis03nok>
To: decoy@iki.fi, champin@bat710.univ-lyon1.fr
Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org


> -----Original Message-----
> From: ext Sampo Syreeni [mailto:decoy@iki.fi]
> Sent: 10 June, 2001 13:00
> To: Pierre-Antoine CHAMPIN
> Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Location vs. names
> 
> 
> On 8 Jun 2001, Pierre-Antoine CHAMPIN wrote:
> 
> >A problem is that the distinction is absolutely not taken 
> for granted by W3C people.
> >Have a look at :
> >  http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/NameMyth.html
> 
> If I understand correctly, TimBL's argument hinges on the 
> problems we get
> from unstructured names and resolution. That is, he presents 
> the idea that
> names change when they embed information (like people's 
> names, metadata)
> that can change, and so the only sort of name that does not 
> need to change
> is something which is completely unstructured. That is quite 
> correct. Then
> he goes on to claim that without structure, names cannot be 
> dereferenced. I
> think this particular conclusion is a bit hasty.

One assertion I would make is that sometimes a location is a name
and sometimes a name is a location. Perspective, context and
pragmatics can impose a particular interpretation of any given
identifier as to its opacity.

Just because an identifier might in one case act as an opaque
name and in another case act as a location/address/path, does 
not mean that the distinction between name and location is
not important.
 
> ...
> I think that
> URLs and URNs are two different things, neither of which is becoming
> obsolete very soon. On the contrary, people should work to get URN
> resolution working.

Amen.

Patrick

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