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Re: AWWW second edition, maybe -- terminology

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:02:42 +0100
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Cc: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>, www-tag <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <f5b4nd9q57h.fsf@calexico.inf.ed.ac.uk>
Larry Masinter writes:

> HTTPbis is in last call. Renaming 'resource' would be a major
> editing task, rewriting text that has been reviewed countless times
> in service of a change that makes no normative difference and is
> based on nothing more than personal preference.

Nowhere in my post did I suggest changing HTTPbis.  I absolutely agree
with you.

As my recent reply to Noah suggests, I'm suggesting we explore not going
'there' at all, where by 'there' I mean using 'resource' _or any other
word_ as if there were some class which constituted the range of the
"what does a URI mean/identify/pick out/refer to" function.

As Jonathan Rees said more succinctly [1]

  "If there is terminology that *cannot* be explained and whose use
   inexorably leads to confusion, then the TAG can help lead the
   community away from confusion simply by being careful to avoid use
   of that terminology."


[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2013Jun/0027.html
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