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Information resources?

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 10:17:30 -0400
To: www-tag@w3.org
Message-id: <87llfmtb7p.fsf@nwalsh.com>
The notion of "resources" and "information resources" is, from my
perspective, a compromise designed to allow two world views to achieve
consensus. Consensus is a good thing and I don't object to the notion
of "information resources" because they don't appear to do any harm. I
must admit, however, that it is not a distinction that I understand at
any intuitive level.

One of the problems that I have is, I don't know how to tell if
something's an information resource or not. And if I can't tell, I
don't understand the value of the distinction.

Here are some URIs. Which of these are information resources?

  http://norman.walsh.name/files/2004/09/car
  http://norman.walsh.name/files/2004/09/truck
  http://norman.walsh.name/files/2004/09/bicycle
  http://norman.walsh.name/files/2004/09/cars#dbw
  http://norman.walsh.name/files/2004/09/trucks#ndw
  http://norman.walsh.name/files/2004/09/widgets#car

They're all 404 today, so you'll have to decide based on something
else. I've got representations for at least some of them. I wonder:

1. Will there be unanimity about which is which today?
2. Will there be unanimity after I make at least some of them return representations.
3. Will the answers we get in 1, 2, and 1&2 agree?

                                        Be seeing you,
                                          norm

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