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Re: Announcement: The "info" URI Scheme

From: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2003 12:10:58 -0400
To: "Daniel R. Tobias" <dan@tobias.name>
Cc: uri@w3.org
Message-ID: <20031002161058.GF25982@skunk.reutershealth.com>

Daniel R. Tobias scripsit:

> > A fine thing indeed.  How would you formally characterize the
> > relationship of the above URI to Shakespeare?
> Easy...  It's a URI that at one point led to a bunch of bytes that,
> when displayed in the appropriate image viewer, resembled some
> artist's conception of what Shakespeare looked like.

Dereference the (cached) URL!

> At present, it
> leads to a 404 Not Found page that has no obvious connection with the
> Bard.

Let's neglect that, and consider what it "meant" in its heyday.

> It's not "the URI of Shakespeare", or even (any more) "a URI
> to an image of Shakespeare"; any connection that URI might have to
> the playwright is in the minds of those who may have used or linked
> to it, not anything inherent in the URI itself.

Clearly not inherent in the URI itself.  But what connection does the
*resource* (not the URI, not the representation) have with Shakespeare?

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