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What is the axiom for information architecture (not web architecture)?

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Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 22:26:24 +0100
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From: \"Tim Berners-Lee\" <timbl@w3.org>
To: \"Graham\" <dtcd@mac.com>
Cc: <www-tag@w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 3:43 PM
Subject: Re: New URI scheme talk in RSS-land

> This is interesting question.
> 1.  There is a certain grace to the simplicity of a reference with no 
> indication of what to do with something.
> - Such a reference is much more reusable (you can bookmark it, email it 
> etc);
> - It corresponds to a \"place\" in the \"navigation\" of the hypertext, so 
> human beings can use their inherent mental navigation metaphors;
> - It respects that the user may want control of what to with the thing.
> Yes, sometimes the author wants to suggest that a new window should be 
> opened. We start to slip down a slippery accessibility slope and device 
> independence cliff if not careful,  but it is useful to specify a 
> target window for example.  Of course if you take this to extremes you 
> end up with scripting languages, and questions of how to make the user 
> aware of what he or she is actually doing.  You are wright that if you 
> are going to specify a more complex behavior then it is logically part 
> of the link.

But don't we have this already with the principle of language content negotiation, for example in Apache and implemented on parts of the W3C site? A single URL resolves according to the client browser language preferences to a particular language-specific resource.

As well known in the ISO Topic Maps community, it's important to realise that the map is not the territory: URIs might be the axiom of web architecture, but we also need an axiom for the higer level information architecture: identification is not the same as addressing, even if we need both and - as you rightly point out - a series of resolving mechanisms between both.

The key question is whether rules/guidelines for \"Single ID\"-to-\"multiple address\" resolution is properly in the domain of W3C, IETF or left to other consortia like OASIS, not-for-profit orgs like Handle or DOI, or the market.

(BTW, these issues were the subject of my paper this week at XML2003:
Sorry about the URL, but that's part of the problem :-(


Peter Brown

Head of Information Resources Management
European Parliament

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