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Re: URIs quack like a duck

From: Michael Mealling <michael@bailey.dscga.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2000 13:31:44 -0400
To: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
Cc: michaelm@netsol.com, xml-uri@w3.org
Message-ID: <20000604133144.F22517@bailey.dscga.com>
On Sun, Jun 04, 2000 at 12:39:00PM -0400, John Cowan wrote:
> Michael Mealling scripsit:
> > I.e. there are only Documents. Everything is a Document. And a
> > Document and a Resource are the same thing....
> [snip]
> > This is actually one of the clearer fundamental axioms of the web:
> > Everything is a document. It was even one of three things on the
> > slide at the newcomers orientation at the AC meeting...
> Well, T. Berners-Lee, R. Fielding, and L. Masinter don't seem to agree
> with you:
> # Not all resources are network "retrievable"; e.g., human beings,
> # corporations, and bound books in a library can also be considered resources.
> So if everything is a Document, are you and I Documents too?
> (When you prick us, do we not bleed?)

Yep. I'm actually in the midst of registering a URN namespace that is
specifically for assigning names or individuals and organizations.
And, until we develop matter transporters, you and I are decidedly
not retrievable via the network. But I can assign myself a URI and
thus allow the web to talk about me.

So where do I and Tim disagree here?


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