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Re: Proposed rewrite for section 3.1

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 11:07:10 +0000
To: Leo Sauermann <leo.sauermann@dfki.de>
Cc: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>, www-tag@w3.org, W3C SWEO IG <public-sweo-ig@w3.org>
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Leo Sauermann writes:

> It is important to understand that using URIs, it is possible to
> identify both a thing (which exists outside of the web) and a web
> document describing the thing. For example the person Alice is
> described on her homepage. Bob may not like the look of the homepage,
> but fancy the person Alice. So two URIs are needed, one for Alice, one
> for the homepage or a RDF document describing Alice. The question is
> where to draw the line between the case where either is possible and
> the case where only descriptions are available.

Good, I like that.

> According to W3C guidelines ([AWWW], section 2.2.), we have an Web
> document (there called information resource) if all its essential
> characteristics can be conveyed in a message. Examples are a Web page,
> an image or a product catalog. The URI identifies both the entity and
> indirectly the message that conveys the characteristics.
> In HTTP, a 200 response code should be sent when a Web document has
> been accessed, a different setup is needed when publishing URIs that
> are meant to identify entities.

I think, crucially, you should end the last sentence above "are meant
to identify entities which are _not_ Web documents".

> thank you for the input!

You're welcome.

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