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Conforming is such sweet sorrow (was: Re: The meaning of "representation" (was: HTTP URIs and authority))

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 20:12:14 -0600
Message-Id: <p06230902c36e871bcf81@[]>
To: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
Cc: Chimezie Ogbuji <chimezie@gmail.com>, www-tag@w3.org, Mikael Nilsson <mikael@nilsson.name>


>>... to Pat's "But yes, I'm assuming that webarch:representation is
>>something like taking an imprint from a platen. It has to in some
>>sense be a 'faithful' representation of 'all' of the resource."
>Xiaoshu is writing about a completely different 
>architecture, which has no concept of 
>Information Resource.
>a :MisguidedDocument.
>Pat is pushing bounds and trying to test his and 
>our understanding of the AWWW.
>a  :FalseDocument.

:-) Well, I wrote that a while back, and I'd like 
to revise it in the light of HTTP-Range-14, but I 
can't. Ironically, now that I see the logic (did 
I say that??) behind the HTTP-Range-14 decision, 
and now that I try to be a good citizen, I run 
into practical problems of conforming to TAG 
decisions. How can I arrange for the appropriate 
redirection response to be given? The TAG gives 
me helpful advice, with a variety of scripts to 
use, but all of these require me to modify the 
special file ".htaccess". And I'm not allowed to 
do that: I don't have the permissions. Moreover, 
my systems administrator, who is under most 
conditions the most helpful and accommodating 
man, flatly refuses to give me or anyone else 
write permissions for that file, apparently 
because to allow access to that file would 
immediately make our firewall protections 
compromised to hacker attacks. So I can't 
possibly follow the TAG advice, and cannot 
conform to HTTP-Range-14. I feel as though I am 
in the position of being told that I must use 
radioactive polonium, but am also told that to 
have this would be so dangerous that I cannot 
possibly have it.

I wonder if others are in a similar bind?


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