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Re: What if an URI also is a URL

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 12:28:38 +0900
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Cc: Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>
To: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>

Le 14 juin 2007 à 00:15, Tim Berners-Lee a écrit :
> Experience shows.  This is engineering.
> That question is I suppose one agonized over by working groups all  
> the time.
> Fortunately, there are social systems not only for announcing that  
> a UTI has been minted and describing what it denotes, but also for  
> getting feedback from people who don't understand it, or whose  
> machines are not able to process it. This feedback can lead to an  
> adjustment of the information out there, publication of tutorials,  
> and so on.


> The important thing is that as the dance is done, the probability  
> of major disagreement, and the degree of pedantic disagreement,   
> decrease very dramatically, to become negligible for engineering  
> purposes.

It is even better than that.

Disagreement, ambiguity, variability, lie, etc are not bugs, but a  
feature of the system. Each system which becomes too rigid looses its  
flexibility and often die. The social agreement makes it happen in a  
*context* keeping the possibility of an error, a mistake and by it,  
giving the possibility to fork, evolve, etc.

It's a question of balance.

1+1 = 2  most of the time, but not necessary in poetry.

Karl Dubost - http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
W3C Conformance Manager, QA Activity Lead
   QA Weblog - http://www.w3.org/QA/
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