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Re: Mistaken identity?

From: Jon Hanna <jon@hackcraft.net>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 04:04:25 +0100
Message-ID: <1088046265.40da44b9c1e88@82.195.128.192>
To: "www-rdf-interest@w3.org" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>

> Right, and you have demonstrated that it can be useful to try to 
> dereference a namespace URI, and sometimes to try to dereference URIs 
> used as identifiers for rdf resources.  I don't deny that at all, but 
> it's different from saying that a namespace _denotes_ the dereferenced 
> document (namespace URIs denote nothing outside themselves)

I don't claim that a URI (whether a namespace name or not) denotes the
derefernced document, and strongly disagree with those that do. I do claim
though that if dereferencing is successful then the document returned should be
some sort of representation of the thing identified (in this case a
namespace).

, or that a 
> URI used as an rdf resource automatically and always _denotes_ the thing 
> pointed to.

An identifier that doesn't identify the identifee is no identifier.

-- 
Jon Hanna
<http://www.hackcraft.net/>
"…it has been truly said that hackers have even more words for
equipment failures than Yiddish has for obnoxious people." - jargon.txt
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