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Re: New Editors Draft of the httpRange-14 Finding

From: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 00:47:42 -0400
Message-Id: <A62333BC-4133-4920-83C0-9929A0A2C6EE@gmail.com>
Cc: www-tag <www-tag@w3.org>, Jonathan Rees <jar@creativecommons.org>
To: "Rhys Lewis" <rhys@volantis.com>
Hello Rhys,

The problem I have always had is knowing what the conditions are for  
two representations to be of the same resource (and are the resources  
information entities, or only the representations? - can I content  
negotiate for the jpeg "representation" of a person?)

Using translations as an example is particularly problematic, as most  
language translations are not exact because there are inevitably  
cultural attachments to the words that can not be easily understood  
by non-native speakers.

I can understand some much more constrained than what I perceive to  
be extremely loose language the AWWW, and this document as well, use.  
For instance we could say that two representations are of the same  
resource if there is a documented algorithm implementable by a  
computer that losslessly transforms one into the other, as with a  
byte sequence and its gzip compressed version.

My worry has been that unless there is some way for someone to say:  
"No, you are wrong, these two things are *not* representations of the  
the same thing" then the term "representation" is meaningless.

Regards,
Alan

On Aug 23, 2007, at 3:00 AM, Rhys Lewis wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> Could I just take a moment to thank Roy and David for their  
> extensive comments on the latest draft. They provide excellent  
> input for the forthcoming TAG face to face meeting next month.
>
> I hope to make progress on specific points before that meeting. If  
> so, I'll respond here on particular topics.
>
> Thanks again
>
> Best wishes
>
> Rhys
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