About httpRange-14


I just spent some time re-reading the long series of email discussions about
httpRange-14 [1]. 

It seems they addressed at length what a URI points to, but did not address
what does point to a thing when one wants to be able to get an associate
representation about that thing. 

Further it seemed to me that most of the members in the discussion
reasonably saw the need for the HTTP URL to identify a thing and were okay
with some ambiguity, but that TimBL was most adamant that it behave certain
ways in order that it be consistent with his vision for RDF. Would you
concur or disagree?

BTW, my takeaway from the results of that discussion (thus far) is that
things might have been much different had RDF not been a central focus of
TimBL at that time. That seems to me to be a shame considering how RDF is
still only used on the periphery of the web and certainly not as part of the
mainstream web.  And IMO, RDF will probably never make the mainstream
because it requires people to be too concise, and people in general are not
good at being concise (witness the percentage of HTML files on the web that

-Mike Schinkel

[1] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/issues.html

Received on Tuesday, 18 December 2007 21:13:20 UTC