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Re: the mistake I made! - was Re: proposed change to a spec

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Fri, 04 Mar 2011 15:08:57 -0500
To: AWWSW TF <public-awwsw@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1299269337.2525.31900.camel@dbooth-laptop>
On Tue, 2011-03-01 at 08:01 -0500, Jonathan Rees wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 5:13 AM, Nathan <nathan@webr3.org> wrote:
[ . . . ]
> > Thankfully, it seems to me at least, that because GETtable URIs simply map
> > to representations of information over time, then it is just naturally so
> > that GETtable URIs refer to information resources and not cars.
> Natural, yes, consistent with TimBL yes, but forced by anything Roy
> says, I doubt it.

I agree that it's not forced by anything Roy says.  And again, although
I think it is *often* useful to distinguish between an IR and a car (or
a toucan): (a) not every application cares about that distinction; (b)
ambiguity in resource identity is unavoidable in general; and (c) there
is a cost involved in being too detailed or specific.  

In other words, I do not believe that there is a universally correct
degree of specificity in resource identity.   The best degree of
specificity depends on the kinds of applications that you wish to
support.  My reasoning for this is explained in general at
and as it relates to IRs (or httpRange-14) at

David Booth, Ph.D.

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