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From: Bill dehOra <wdehora@cromwellmedia.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 09:11:06 +0100
Message-ID: <57C6E3244632D411A2F100508BC8079AB678@juno.interxtechnology.com>
To: "'Dan Connolly'" <connolly@w3.org>, "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Cc: XML-uri@w3.org

>> Do you really?  What resource exactly does the URI
>> http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml identify?
>
>The one identified by that URI. It's not clear to me
>that you need to know more about this resource other
>than that it can be identified by that URI.
>
>If you do, can you explain why?


A lot of people would assume that you must have a resource in order to
propose an identifier to identify it. It's fairly common-sense way to think
about it: you create an identifier _for_ a resource. But URIs seem to allow
a resource to come into being by creating an URI identifier: you create a
resource _for_ an identifier. 

So, if I type this:

http://www.dehora.org/199999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999/1/

have I automagically created a resource by virtue of the fact that I've
created an identifier? 

-Bill de hÓra
Received on Friday, 8 September 2000 04:17:17 GMT

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