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RE: resource and representation

From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) <clbullar@ingr.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2002 08:36:04 -0500
Message-ID: <2C61CCE8A870D211A523080009B94E430752B63D@HQ5>
To: "'Roy T. Fielding'" <fielding@apache.org>, Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
Cc: ext Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>, WWW TAG <www-tag@w3.org>

Close.  Identity is a named value returned 
by a process of identification. That's all. 
It is a vetted process if the legal 
implications of assigning that value to 
any given object, real or imaginary, have 
consequences.

Work out the processes for prisoner transfers 
among agencies and you will understand why this 
is a more accurate statement of "reality". It 
is why calling any identifier "universal" is 
always a failure on the part of the naming 
agency to acknowledge limits.

Identity is a system assigned property.  Nothing more.

len

-----Original Message-----
From: Roy T. Fielding [mailto:fielding@apache.org]


Our eyes are not powerful enough to see identity through the representations, but our
minds are powerful enough to associate identity to that which we see.
Do I think of a different identifier every time I see my dog,
or do I simply think of my dog as one identity and experience
many representations of that identity over time (and on into memory
and imagination)?

One of my favorite quotes from TimBL is:

    "I don't want the Web to constrain what people do:
     the Web is not there to constrain society.
     It's there to model society in its completeness, in its entirety."
    -- Tim Berners-Lee (GNN Interview, 1994)

Resources are not transferred, just as identity within the real world
is not transferred when it is accessed. 
Received on Monday, 8 July 2002 09:36:40 GMT

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