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Re: Fwd: I-D ACTION:draft-daigle-uri-std-00.txt

From: Paul W. Abrahams <abrahams@valinet.com>
Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2000 15:18:50 -0400
Message-ID: <39B7EA1A.2C0268CC@valinet.com>
To: uri@w3.org
CC: xml-uri@w3.org
"Simon St.Laurent" wrote:

> At 08:31 AM 9/7/00 -0400, Michael Mealling wrote:
> >The abstract concept of 'number' is pretty airy. The concrete case of
> >'positive integers' is fairly well constrained. The concept of URIs
> >should be viewed in the same level of the concept of 'number' and the
> >general case of 'number theory'. If your application needs the equivalent
> >of 'positive integers' then say so. Why do you insist on the rest of
> >us having to constrain ourselves to that new, more constrained definition?
> I think the 'rest of us' might well benefit from clearer distinctions
> between URIs and the resources they identify, from a comparison mechanism
> that simplifies URI processing, and from a foundation vocabulary that makes
> it easy to say "this scheme is subject to x, y, and z constraints".

I'm glad that you're pushing for a distinction between URIs and the resources
they identify, because the confusion of the two is like the confusion between
Alice and "Alice".   It's one thing to leave a concept flexible, but quite
another to leave it logically inconsistent.

Paul Abrahams
Received on Thursday, 7 September 2000 15:19:03 UTC

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