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URI/URI ref distinction (was on "How to Compare Uniform Resource Identifiers")

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 09:45:44 -0500
To: www-tag@w3.org
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Dan Connolly writes:
>The TAG has decided to use the term "URI" to include
>relative URI references. CRITICAL.

If the TAG has decided to blur the semantics of URIs and URI references,
then I suggest that the TAG justify that decision in a formal document.
URIs are not a superset of URI references, and the behavior of the two
is very different.  URI references may be representation-bound, while
URIs quite plainly are not.

I agree with Dan that this is a CRITICAL issue, but suspect that the TAG
has it backwards - and dangerously so - if Dan is correct here in his
claim about TAG decisions.

I would like to ask the TAG to consider the ramifications of this
distinction as an issue for further discussion.  It appears to lurk at
the foundations of Web Architecture.

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Simon St.Laurent
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