RE: Documents, Cars, Hills, and Valleys

> a URI to denote the Mona Lisa, because no matter what I get back from an
> http request, it sure ain't going to be the Mona Lisa (hopefully, it will
> be a photograph of it).  I'm still trying to decide what category the
> Declaration of Independence falls in.  Perhaps a continuum of
> "retrievability" is in order.

Excellent! Actual continuum from abstract UUID to URL which can be used to
retrieve the master digital copy of a resource that exists only as bits.

(In case of the Mona Lisa, a large TIFF image would be closer to the "real
thing" than a lossy-compressed JPG which would itself be closer than a thumb
nail GIF. Perhaps it should be a numerical scale added as a fragment
identifier to the URL. )

> Anyone care to help me formalize this intuition?

Not me, but surely it must have been done in other contexts?

\\ Eugene Kuznetsov
\\ DataPower Technology, Inc.

Received on Tuesday, 30 April 2002 08:39:07 UTC