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RE: Documents, Cars, Hills, and Valleys

From: Miles Sabin <msabin@interx.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 00:04:35 +0100
To: <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000e01c1ea52$125d0b30$a3eab8c3@milessabin.com>
Joshua Allen wrote,
> > > This example doesn't apply.  A URI is an *identifier*, a much more
> > > appropriate comparison would be with "a word".
> > 
> > Which is exactly what I said.
> > The identifier here is "that" (supplemented with a gesture).
> Nope, this is why I keep rejecting your position.  URIs are intended 
> to be first-class identifiers.  URIs are the same as words.  To say 
> that all URIs have the same level as ambiguity as the word "that" is 
> to say that all *words* have the ambiguity of the word "that".

This is daft ... "that" is a perfectly respectable designator, you use 
it yourself every day. In context, indexicals like "that" are typically 
completely unambiguous, and referential use of them is completely 

> It's not a matter of right or wrong -- if I accepted your position 
> that URIs are so ambiguous, and accepted that you need to disambiguate

> *all* URIs,

It's not my position that all URIs need to be disambiguated. My position
is that URIs only have a referent in context, and that sometimes the
context is sufficient to eliminate ambiguity, and sometimes it isn't.
When it isn't it makes sense to add more context.


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