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Re: [Fwd: RE: "information resource"]

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 13:22:20 -0400
To: www-tag@w3.org
Message-id: <876558j60j.fsf@nwalsh.com>
/ Stuart Williams <skw@hp.com> was heard to say:
| 1) Do we accept the first of Patricks suggested change from:
|        the set of  resources for which "...all of their essential
|        characteristics can be conveyed in a message."
|     to:
|        "An "information resource" is a resource which constitutes a
|        body of information."?

I'm not persuaded. For one thing, saying an information resource
constitutes a body of information strikes me as circular.

But more to the point, I don't agree that you can convey all of the
essential characteristics of a physical object, to take an example of
a resource that isn't an information resource by our definition, in
any number of messages.

It happens that my dog is sleeping in my lap as I type this. I don't
think anyone could convey everything that is essential about my dog in
a message. There are characteristics of mass and texture and warmth
and affection that are not essentially information.

                                        Be seeing you,
                                          norm

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Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM / XML Standards Architect / Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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