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Re: Is 303 really necessary?

From: Ian Davis <me@iandavis.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2010 18:24:31 +0000
Message-ID: <AANLkTinokbZN4EwHhrGhinZTevX6JiqSd-s22j3RSZhQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: nathan@webr3.org
Cc: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@ibiblio.org>, public-lod@w3.org, Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 6:08 PM, Nathan <nathan@webr3.org> wrote:
> You see it's not about what we say, it's about what other say, and if 10
>  huge corps analyse the web and spit out billions of triples saying that
> anything 200 OK'd is a document, then at the end when we consider the RDF
> graph of triples, all we're going to see is one statement saying something
> is a "nonInformationResource" and a hundred others saying it's a document
> and describing what it's about together with it's format and so on.
> I honestly can't see how anything could reason over a graph that looked like
> that.

I honestly believe that's the least of our worries. How often do you
need to determine whether something in the universe of discourse is an
electronic document or not compared with all the other questions you
might be asking of your data. I might conceivable ask "show me all the
documents about this toucan" but I'd much rather ask "show me all the
data about this toucan"

> However, I'm also very aware that this all may be moot any ways, because
> many crawlers and HTTP agents just treat HTTP like a big black box, they
> don't know there ever was a 303 and don't know what the end URI is (even
> major browser vendors like chrome do this, setting the base wrong and
> everything) - so even the current 303 pattern doesn't keep different things
> with different names for /slash URIs in all cases.

That's true. I don't suppose any of the big crawlers care about the
semantics of 303 because none of them care about the difference
between a thing and its description. For example the Google OpenSocial
doesn't give a hoot about the difference and yet seems to still
function. As I say above, this document/thing distinction is actually
quite small area to focus on compared with the the real problems of
analysing the web of data as a whole.

> Best,
> Nathan

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