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Re: Examples in the LDP primer

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:37:23 -0500
Message-ID: <52AF6483.30508@openlinksw.com>
To: public-ldp-wg@w3.org
On 12/16/13 1:20 PM, Wilde, Erik wrote:
> On 2013-12-16, 10:11 , "Kingsley Idehen" <kidehen@openlinksw.com> wrote:
>>     On 12/16/13 12:31 PM, Roger Menday
>>       wrote:
>>       Maybe we should be good in the Spec, and be naughty in the
>>         Primer ... (?)
>>     No, once its naughty it just gets naughtier and harder to rectify.
>>     History (e.g., RDF and Web) shows, it can even take 13 or so years
>>     to fix the ensuing misconceptions.
> agreed that it's different for linked data, but on the web, having
> identifiers that do not resolve is perfectly acceptable. that's why
> hypermedia links are typed: you follow the ones where the type implies
> they're dereferencable, and you only use them as identifiers where the
> type implies they are identifiers only.
>
> i am not sure if what roger suggests is to point out that this is what's
> natural for the larger web and REST in general. i agree that we should be
> careful to promote/show patterns that are not exactly the way how things
> should be done in a certain context, but then again, if that demonstrates
> how things are done in practice (even though it may not be the ideal way
> of doing them), then there might be value in describing those examples as
> well.
>
> cheers,
>
> dret.
>
>
>
As far as I can understand, Roger is seeking clarification about entity 
(thing) denotation using HTTP URIs. Right now, we have examples in the 
LDP specs that inaccurately denote entities (that aren't Web accessible 
Resources) using HTTP URLs.

As I said, an HTTP URL is an HTTP URI that denotes a Web Resource.
A WebID is an HTTP URI that denotes an Agent.
HTTP URIs can be used to denote anything i.e., any kind of entity.

Another way to look at this is through the difference between "words" 
and "terms" .
A "term" is a specialization of a "word" i.e., a "term" is a "word" that 
embodies denotation (naming) and reference such that a name resolves to 
the description of its referent. [1]

The World Wide Web is comprised of webby words i.e., words link to 
documents (using controls like <a/> in HTML , no referent description is 
implied this particular association.

The RDF based Linked Open Data Web is comprised of webby terms i.e., you 
have denotation and reference at the very core.

[1] http://www.wikihow.com/Differentiate-Between-a-Term-and-a-Word

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