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def'n of resource?

From: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 07 May 2013 19:15:39 -0400
Message-ID: <51898B1B.5010706@w3.org>
To: Public GLD WG <public-gld-wg@w3.org>
Bernadette and I were working on actually publishing the Glossary, which 
the group approved for publication, and I noticed a little problem:

        86. Resource

    A resource is anything that can be addressed by a Unified Resource
    Identifier (URI)


        93. Resource

    A resource is a network data object or service that can be
    identified by an HTTP URI. Resources may be available in multiple
    representations (e.g. multiple languages, data formats, size, and
    resolutions) or vary in other ways. See details from RFC 2616bis for
    details on Uniform Resource Identifiers. See details from RFC
    2616bis for details on Uniform Resource Identifiers.

The definition of Resource is something I've thought about more than 
most people have thought about food.  I suggest we call the second one 
"Web Resource", and explain, like this:


    (Not to be confused with _Web Resource_)  An entity.   Saying that
    something is a resource says nothing at all about it, because by the
    definition of the term, everything is a resource.    For more
    details see Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax (RFC
    3986) [1] and Resource Description Framework (RDF) 1.1 Concepts [2].

    *Web Resource*

    Anything which is addressed by a URL; roughly speaking, a web page. 
    Examples include: an HTML web page, an image offered by a web
    server, or a dataset available for access at some URL.   A resource
    may change its state over time and have different representations of
    the same state.  For example, a webcam might offer both JPEG and PNG
    versions of its current image, at the same URL, using content
    negotiation, or an RDF database might be accessed at one URL using
    multiple syntaxes, such as RDFa, JSON-LD, and Turtle.   For more
    details see Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1 [3]

    Sometimes Web Resources are just called "Resources".  In some
    contexts, this can cause unnecessary confusion.  The difference is
    related to the distinction between URLs (which identify Web
    Resources) and URIs (which identify Resources in general), as
    discussed in http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3305#page-3

    [1] http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3986
    [2] http://www.w3.org/TR/rdf11-concepts/#resources-and-statements

I hope that works for folks.    Bernadette made some other changes, so 
we're going to ask the WG for approval again before publishing. I'll be 
sending along a pointer to the new version and the diffs once I have it 
passing pubrules.

          -- Sandro
Received on Tuesday, 7 May 2013 23:15:47 UTC

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