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Re: Comparing URIs and resources

From: Michael Mealling <michael@neonym.net>
Date: 10 Jul 2003 10:10:31 -0400
To: Graham Klyne <gk@ninebynine.org>
Cc: uri@w3.org
Message-Id: <1057846231.18998.124.camel@blackdell.neonym.net>

On Thu, 2003-07-10 at 04:22, Graham Klyne wrote:
> I agree that equality of URIs is well understood (enough for most purposes).
> 
> At risk of (re)stating the obvious:  I think we should not conflate 
> equality of *identifiers* (URIs) with equality of the *resources* that they 
> identify, unless such conflation is to be stated explicitly as part of the 
> design.

Yep. Completely agree....

> My view is that, according to the URI specification, given two different 
> URIs we simply do not know whether or not they identify the same resource.

Exactly! The only mild exception is that you compare the two URIs after
you've done the _standard_ normalization steps available. Then if you
determine that the character sequences are indeed the same then you
simply have one single URI instead of two....

-MM
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