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From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 03:45:10 -0700
Message-ID: <3F0014B6.8010402@prescod.net>
To: Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com
CC: www-tag@w3.org

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"However, semantic web agents (at present at least) are not able to deal 
as well with the broad range of possible representations which might be 
associated with a resource; and in nearly all cases, are unnable to make 
any use of such representations, as they are  typically intended for 
human rather than machine consumption. Semantic web agents, not being 
any where near as intelligent as most humans, require  information which 
is explicit and formally defined. In short, semantic web agents need 
concise, bounded descriptions of resources, rather than arbitrary 
representations of them.

Concise bounded descriptions of resources can be considered to be a form 
of representation, however they are a highly specialized form and not 
the most usual or obvious form in a web primarily intended for human 
consumption. They are, however, the key form of representation which 
semantic web agents need in order to reason about such resources and 
adjust their behavior accordingly."

Then you go on to add some headers to HTTP etc. Why not merely have the 
agents ask for representations they can deal with using conneg. If the 
representations are available, they are good to go. Otherwise they are 
out of luck. I think that the semantic resources should also have their 
own separate URIs for when you wish to unambiguously address into them.

  Paul Prescod
Received on Monday, 30 June 2003 06:45:22 UTC

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