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Re: Proposed TAG issue on the boundaries of the Web

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@apache.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 13:29:21 -0700
Cc: "Noah Mendelsohn/Cambridge/IBM" <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>, Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>, www-tag@w3.org
To: Keith Moore <moore@cs.utk.edu>
Message-Id: <A4104034-4CC1-11D6-934C-000393753936@apache.org>
>> "...This means that no information which has any significance and 
>> persistence
>> should be made available in a way that one cannot refer to it with a URI.
>> "
>>
>> That goes a long way to defining the web for me.
>
> me too.  for many years my working definition of the web has been:
> "the set of resources that you can access using URIs".
>
> URIs are the single fundamental technology that enables the web to exist.
> we could lose http, html, perhaps even DNS and still have a working web.
> (less functional, but it would still work) but without URIs, without the
> ability to reference resources *outside* the boundaries of any particular
> information service, there would be no web.
>
They are necessary, but not sufficient, to describe the Web.  It is 
possible
to implement any system using URI as identifiers -- IMAP is one example.  
The
uniform interface semantics are necessary to differentiate the Web from the
Internet.

....Roy
Received on Wednesday, 10 April 2002 17:10:45 GMT

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