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Re: URI: Name or Network Location?

From: Benja Fallenstein <b.fallenstein@gmx.de>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2004 18:41:10 +0100
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To: Joshua Allen <joshuaa@microsoft.com>
Cc: Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>, "ext Hammond, Tony (ELSLON)" <T.Hammond@elsevier.com>, www-rdf-interest@w3.org

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Hi Joshua,

while I basically agree that HTTP would have been a good choice here,
one point--

Joshua Allen wrote:
| The justification offered in the FAQ seems to boil down to a fallacy --
| since URLs and URNs *can* be used to locate things, then they by nature
| are not suitable for *identifying* things, and therefore, the authors
| must invent a new scheme for resource identification.  This is patently
| false -- the primary purpose of URIs (and especially URNs) has always
| been to identify, and resolvability is a secondary and non-critical
| facet.

I'm surprised by this. Isn't the original use case of URIs <a href="">?
Would you argue that resolvability is secondary there? Sure, URIs have
many uses beyond that, but I'd think that Web links are the originally
most important one.

I'm not sure I understood your reasoning right.

- - Benja
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