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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 18:51:49 -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: <B02BE4C6-4CEE-11D6-9FB1-000393753936@apache.org>

On Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at 05:32  PM, Keith Moore wrote:

>> The uniform interface semantics are necessary to differentiate the
>> Web from the Internet.
>
> I agree that there must be some commonality across interfaces.
> OTOH, the web's existence does not depend on all interfaces
> to all information services having uniform semantics - only that
> there is a significant degree of commonality between operations
> that are supported by different information services.

The Web both supplies and depends on uniform semantics.  Web servers
and client-side library abstractions (connectors and proxies) provide
uniform semantic interfaces to other information services.  Proxies
work because of it.  Web user-agents pass those uniform semantics on
to the user through a consistent UI.  That is what makes the Web desirable
for information integration.  The two are inseparable.

....Roy
Received on Wednesday, 10 April 2002 22:25:05 GMT

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