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Re: theory and practice (Re: URIs for Physical Items)

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2000 14:11:36 -0400
Message-Id: <200010271808.OAA11934@hesketh.net>
To: "'uri@w3.org'" <uri@w3.org>
At 01:52 PM 10/27/00 -0400, Michael Mealling wrote:
>So the issue is getting a URI as some value in a protocol or document
>element and, since you don't have control over it you have no way to 
>be sure that the relationship between the URI and the Resource is
>what you expected?

You may not even have a faint clue what the URI means, since there are so
many potential schemes for URIs.  That tends to make it rather difficult to
make any claims about the Resource.  

(In the case of http, it isn't even clear what statements can be made about
a given http URI, though the scheme is certainly familiar.)

A means of retrieving supporting metadata would at least provide a
possibility of getting some information, if not an assurance.

Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
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