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Re: opaque uris and self-describing resources

From: Noah Slater <nslater@bytesexual.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 00:36:38 +0000
To: Erik Wilde <dret@berkeley.edu>
Cc: uri@w3.org
Message-ID: <20080116003638.GA21281@bytesexual.org>

On Tue, Jan 15, 2008 at 04:02:38PM -0800, Erik Wilde wrote:
> like i said, i am well aware of the fact that you could make everything on 
> the web opaque and just use rdf for semantics. i just don't believe that's 
> a good way to go.

Actually, you said:

> i am still waiting for a single example from the "everything is
> http" followers where that approach was applied sucessfully.

The whole RDF world is built on this approach.

> if you can express semantics in a simpler way, you should do it.

Inventing a URI scheme every time you need something new is not what I
would describe as a "simple" approach. At least, not for the standards
bodies and operating system/application developers who have to
continuely manage an ever growing collection of conflicting and
incompatible URI schemes.

Also, saying "std:in" carries absolutely no semantics by it's
self. Sure, you could publish a HTML profile somewhere, but you're
missing out on being able to advertise this profile's location using
the name it's self.

Noah Slater <http://bytesexual.org/>

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