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Re: ISSUE-57: The use of HTTP Redirection

From: Ed Davies <edavies@nildram.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 23:46:47 +0100
Message-ID: <46D748D7.8070606@nildram.co.uk>
To: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
CC: Technical Architecture Group WG <www-tag@w3.org>

Richard Cyganiak wrote:
> 2. This boils down to a question wether to provide a representation  
> of a resource, or instead provide an associated description of the  
> resource (by means of a 303 redirect or hash truncation). What is the  
> difference between a representation and a description?

A representation _is_ the thing (to some not quite fully
defined level of approximation) whereas a description is
only _about_ the thing.

A huge file giving the exact position and state of every
particle in a car (in a universe without quantum uncertainty)
still wouldn't _be_ the car whereas a representation of a
web page with all the styling markup removed would still
be, to some extent, that web page.
Received on Thursday, 30 August 2007 22:48:03 GMT

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