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Re: Disambiguation; keeping the "U" in "URI" (& Documents, Cars, Hills, and Valleys)

From: Thomas B. Passin <tpassin@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2002 09:17:32 -0400
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Message-id: <001801c1ec5b$8ed9c4e0$0bf13044@tbp>
[Danny Ayers]
> >Manos Batsis wrote,
> >> There is no ambiguity, just incomplete semantics.
> >
> >Incomplete semantics is one of the sources of ambiguity. Filling out
> >the semantics to eliminate ambiguity involves specifying the context
> >of use sufficiently to eliminate all but (at most) one candiate
> >referent.
> I think the key may lie in Thomas' remark earlier about 'it only pushing
> up a level'. Up a level we have a lot more power.
> What if we consider the URI to represent a *set* then the assertions :
> A http://www.markbaker.ca/index.html has long hair
> B http://www.markbaker.ca/index.html is hosted in Florida
> can be made 'in the wild', in that A & B refer to a different element in
> set http://www.markbaker.ca/index.html
> If we wish to reason with such statements, then locally we can pull out
> element of the set of interest, and give it a local unique identifier (if
> necessary).

I think that this is the old intention vs. extention dichotomy.  Is a thing
known by its definition or by its properties?  In actual practice among
people, both are usually in play.


Tom P
Received on Thursday, 25 April 2002 09:40:04 UTC

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