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Re: What if an URI also is a URL

From: Xiaoshu Wang <wangxiao@musc.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 12:27:12 +0100
Message-ID: <46D40690.2050205@musc.edu>
To: Oskar Welzl <lists@welzl.info>
CC: www-rdf-interest@w3.org, Reto Bachmann-Gmür <rbg@talis.com>, "Lynn, James (HP Software)" <james.lynn@hp.com>

Oskar Welzl wrote:
> Thats how I try to think of it; it makes things relatively unambiguous,
> though sometimes more complicated (see my initial examples), but its
> obvious that quite a lot of people who author RDF out there have quite a
> lot of different approaches. Mixing those seems to be a challenge...
>   
Right, that is the point - to make things unambiguous.  So, for your 
original question.  It is not a matter of "can or cannot" but "should or 
should not".

A machine couldn't careless if there is something that is both a html 
page and a person .  A machine can not verify the reality.  In machine's 
logic, there can be as long such a creature because nothing says it 
can't.  So, the choice is your intension.  If you want others to 
understand your resource unambiguously, you should describe them in the 
best way possible to avoid confusion.

So, sure, you can use "http://www.flikr.com" to refer both the 
community/service and web page as long as you are willing to take that 
some machine agent may tell you that the service/community has a colored 
background and the web page has some female or male members.

That's my two cents,

Xiaoshu
Received on Tuesday, 28 August 2007 11:28:21 GMT

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