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Re: Information resources?

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 16:31:58 -0700
Message-Id: <71326C11-02B8-11D9-83F4-000393753936@gbiv.com>
Cc: W3C TAG <www-tag@w3.org>
To: "Joshua Allen" <joshuaa@microsoft.com>

> If I were suggesting conventions, I personally would always say that an
> http: URI should denote a "resource representation dispenser".  IMO 
> this
> is the only consistent long-term view.

That's okay too, aside from the "dispenser" limitation that ignores
resource sinks and bidirectional interactions, provided that you also
agree that the Web consists of associations built through indirect 
identification.  In other words, "http" URIs do identify an interface
through which representations may pass, but they only do so for the
sake of indirectly identifying the resource made available by that
interface.  As a result, claiming that "http" URIs are defined as an
interface does nothing to solve the question of what some person
is actually referring to when they make a link using an "http" URI.

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