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Re: Attributes should only be there if part of the name/address space

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 1997 15:23:43 PST
Message-Id: <330CEB0F.26D@parc.xerox.com>
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: Daniel LaLiberte <liberte@ncsa.uiuc.edu>, uri@bunyip.com
This all got better for me when I just admitted that the
definitions were circular, and decided that it was OK.

What's a resource?
   Something that has a URI.

What's a URL?
   Something that locates a resource.

What's a URN?
    Something that names a resource.

If you can name it, it's a resource. Different resources
have different names. A single resource might have
multiple names. You can't "get" a resource, you can
only interact with it. One way to interact with 
a resource is to obtain an entity that is a representation
of the resource at a given point in time.

This isn't smalltalk, it's webtalk. "Web" for me is
defined not by HTTP and HTML, but by this fundamental
architectural point, that some entities contain URIs
that locate/name other entities.

Received on Thursday, 20 February 1997 19:24:02 UTC

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