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Re: "information resource"

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 15:51:53 -0400
To: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <20040921195153.GP8624@markbaker.ca>


On Tue, Sep 21, 2004 at 06:40:29PM +0200, Chris Lilley wrote:
> I agree - and further, it makes testable statements.  It can be
> determined whether a given resource is a Web Resource or not. It exposes
> an electronic protocol (such as, for example, HTTP) and it can be
> interacted with. It need not return a representation (it might refuse
> to, or it might say there are no acceptable representations, etc) but
> agin, this is all testable technical specification.

I don't believe so, at least not as currently worded (and perhaps even

Consider that since any resource can have any number of identifiers, all
of which may never be known to any one party, one cannot assert with
certainty that a resource does not have any dereferencable identifiers
(and therefore that the resource isn't a "Web resource").

Also, document sinks - which, AIUI, aren't supposed to be "web
resources" - can have representations, just not representations made
available by dereferencing a URI. e.g.

<foaf:Person rdf:about="mailto:distobj@acm.org">
  <foaf:name>Mark Baker</foaf:name>

The latter problem is easily remedied, but not so much the former, IMO.

Mark Baker.   Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.        http://www.markbaker.ca
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