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Re: referendum on httpRange-14 (was RE: "information resource")

From: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 15:03:02 -0400
Message-Id: <560EEEF4-2138-11D9-8088-000A9580D8C0@w3.org>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org, Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>

The range of HTTP is not a question of belief, It is a question of 
design.
The Web was designed such that the Universal Document Identifiers 
identified documents.
This was refined to generalize the word "Document" to the unfortunately 
rather information-free "Resource".
The design is still the same.
The web works when person (a) publishes a picture of a dog, person (b) 
bookmarks it, mails the URI to person (c) assuming that they will see 
more or less the same picture, not the weight of the dog.

That is why, while the dog is closely related to the picture, it is not 
what is identified, in the web architecture, by the URI.

There is a reason.

Tim
Received on Monday, 18 October 2004 19:03:15 UTC

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