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

From: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 11:04:23 +0000
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To: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org

I found TimBL's posting to be very illuminating:


I think there's an important identifier/reference distinction to be 
maintained here.

Unfortunately, I am not aware that this led to any kind of consensus about 
URI/URIref terminology.


At 09:45 AM 1/14/03 -0500, Simon St.Laurent wrote:

>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.
>Simon St.Laurent
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Graham Klyne
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