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Re: [web-annotation] Can I refine a state via a selector?

From: Randall Leeds via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:45:32 +0000
To: public-annotation@w3.org
Message-ID: <issue_comment.created-211758796-1461048331-sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Rob, thank you.

I accept that the handling of state and selector happens in different 
phases in the course of common annotation interactions. You've 
described this well and your description helpfully reveals the 
assumptions we have that seem to justify the separation, that a state 
is used to fetch a representation and then a selector specifies a 
segment of that representation.

I can, however, imagine uses where arbitrary refinement simplifies 
processing. In archival situations, where many versions of a single 
URL might already be available, the selector vocabulary could be 
leveraged for search. Perhaps I want to reference the set of archived 
versions of some document that contain some particular text. I could 
represent this query in a structured way using this vocabulary.

Separating the terms perhaps simplifies processing and renders the 
intent clearer for our common use cases. Structurally, it flattens the
 graph a bit by lifting selector out from a refinement of the state 
(if any). If questioning this is unappealing to everyone, I am not too
 bothered, but I find it interesting to consider. There is an elegance
 to the unification to my brain.

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