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Re: WebArch introduction, sort of

From: <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 17:23:34 -0500
To: ht@inf.ed.ac.uk (Henry S. Thompson)
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <OFEA1E6664.801F8D9D-ON85257540.007A8810-85257540.007AC86A@lotus.com>

Reading your excellent document again, I see:

"Representation' names a pair: a character sequence and a media type. The 
media type specifies how the character string should be interpreted. For 
example JPG or HTML or MP3 would be likely media types for representations 
of an image of an apple, a news report about an orchard or a recording of 
a Beatles song, respectively."

I don't think that's quite write.  I think the pair is {media-type, 
octet-sequence}.  For some important media types, characters aren't 
involved, I think.  Since you're trying to appeal to a broader audience, 
you might approximate that as {media-type, byte-stream}, or some such, on 
the theory that readers of a document like this are somewhat more likely 
to have the right associations with the term byte stream and/or be 
confused by references to octets.


Noah Mendelsohn 
IBM Corporation
One Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

ht@inf.ed.ac.uk (Henry S. Thompson)
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I've written what is intended to be an introduction to URIs for the
non-specialist.  People who need to teach WebArch might find it a
useful starting point.

   _What's a URI and why does it matter?_


Feedback welcome,

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