Re: Meaning of property "url"

On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 7:27 AM, Cord Wiljes
<> wrote:
> Hi Michael,
>> ('s "url" property) means something very specific:
>> "this is the Web location of" _____ (where ______ is some network
>> addressable digital file).
> That is what I thought, too. But the I wonder why:
> "url" is a property of class "Thing" (instead of just class "CreativeWork")
> there is no property "homepage" for class "Person" or "website" for class
> "Organization"

The notion of a URI identifying a "file" is terribly antiquated. So
many URIs identify resources that have representations (html)
assembled on the fly as the result of queries to databases and
whatnot. I prefer to think that url being a property of Thing was an
intentional move, because the author chose to sidestep the
httpRange-14 issue, and let URLs identify any type of resource, as is
the case in Roy Fielding's description of resource:

The key abstraction of information in REST is a resource. Any
information that can be named can be a resource: a document or image,
a temporal service (e.g. "today's weather in Los Angeles"), a
collection of other resources, a non-virtual object (e.g. a person),
and so on. [1]



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