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Re: pound sign vs. slash as final URI delimiter

From: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 10:40:42 -0500
Message-Id: <200402161540.i1GFegfM031585@roke.hawke.org>
To: "DuCharme, Bob (LNG-CHO)" <bob.ducharme@lexisnexis.com>
Cc: www-rdf-interest@w3.org

> This feels like a beginner question, but after a few searches I can't find
> any discussion of the issue. Let's say I have a namespace identified by the
> URI http://www.example.com/pathname. To identify the name foo from that
> namespace, what are the pros and cons of identifying it with a URI of
> http://www.example.com/pathname/foo as opposed to
> http://www.example.com/pathname#foo? The pound sign seems to more clearly
> indicate "the following is a name from the namespace named up to this
> point," but I see that most references to Dublin Core names (e.g.
> http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/creator) use the slash. 
> Perhaps the question is better framed without reference to syntax: is it
> better for a name from a namespace to have it's own complete URI or for it
> to be referenced using a fragment identifier appended to the URI for its
> namespace?

See http://esw.w3.org/topic/HashVsSlash

I wrote the text there and nearby, it's open to contributions from

       -- sandro
Received on Monday, 16 February 2004 10:37:44 UTC

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