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pound sign vs. slash as final URI delimiter

From: DuCharme, Bob (LNG-CHO) <bob.ducharme@lexisnexis.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 10:14:44 -0500
Message-ID: <FEF4858E8AB32D4EAC2CF2A7D85386EBE5332F@lnxdayexch06b.lexis-nexis.com>
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org

This feels like a beginner question, but after a few searches I can't find
any discussion of the issue. Let's say I have a namespace identified by the
URI http://www.example.com/pathname. To identify the name foo from that
namespace, what are the pros and cons of identifying it with a URI of
http://www.example.com/pathname/foo as opposed to
http://www.example.com/pathname#foo? The pound sign seems to more clearly
indicate "the following is a name from the namespace named up to this
point," but I see that most references to Dublin Core names (e.g.
http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/creator) use the slash. 

Perhaps the question is better framed without reference to syntax: is it
better for a name from a namespace to have it's own complete URI or for it
to be referenced using a fragment identifier appended to the URI for its


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