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RE: URI denumerability

From: Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 09:23:07 -0700
To: <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <003d01c25041$8707d910$6ace8642@masinter>

I must have left the smiley off my message, so
I will try to supply a clarification:

> Perhaps the TAG should stay away from trying
> to do math, or at least anything involving the
> infinite?

I did not mean to imply that the TAG did not
contain members who were competent at math
involving the infinite, but rather, to express my hope
that the TAG try to avoid known impossible
problems: boiling the ocean, designing an effective,
complete and semantically consistent representation
system, or solving deep philosophical problems that have
puzzled linguists and philosophers for over
a century.

Please focus on making progress on the more mundane
problems where progress is possible: W3C working group
X recommends one kind of thing and working group
Y recommends another, and the W3C's specs
would be easier to follow if the specs agreed.

So insofar as W3C documents disagree with IETF
documents about what a 'URI' is, we should certainly
work at resolving the difference. I'm not sure
it's necessary to actually decide how many resources
there are before agreeing on what it is a Uniform
Resource Identifier identifies, at least in the
context that it's used as a protocol element or
a semantic identifier/designator.

Received on Friday, 30 August 2002 12:22:42 UTC

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