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Re: More on distinguishing information resources from other resources

From: Chris Sizemore <Chris.Sizemore@bbc.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 11:57:55 +0100
Message-ID: <26D4C098AC0F794EAA2D3DBD871CD74501EAF01C@bbcxues08.national.core.bbc.co.uk>
To: <www-tag@w3.org>

apologies, as I normally just observe this list and try to soak up the opinions and wisdom. I'm a person sort of "down in the OFWeb/SW trenches" wondering how to go about implementing systems which adhere to these TAG best practices. but with the http-range-14 issue seemingly resolved, I'm left with a question that I just can't resist asking this forum.

as roy fielding said, "It just doesn't matter" (whether or not a resource is or isn't an "information resource"), and I'm comfortable with this.

and I'm comfortable with the idea that a URI identifies "what the owner of that URI intends it to identify." seems only fair.

the difficulty I'm having is how do *non-owners* of a URI know, unambiguously, what resource a URI identifies? (I'm assuming that ANY and ALL published URIs identify a resource; is that intended?) 

for instance, let's say I feel the need to make some assertions about the British Broadcasting Corporation? how will I know what the owner of "http://www.bbc.co.uk" intends that URI to represent (webpage, the corporation, both, neither)? do I have to wait for the URI owner to "seed" the pool of assertions about a resource, hopefully helping us know what their intention for the URI is, before I can join in?

if I start making assertions about resource "http://www.bbc.co.uk", am I making blind, potentially misleading or useless, assertions?

probably I'm just being very na´ve here, so please forgive! however, any guidance?


--chris sizemore


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