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Re: TB16 Re: Comments on arch doc draft

From: Patrick Stickler <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2002 17:18:08 +0300
To: "ext Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>, "'Jonathan Borden'" <jonathan@openhealth.org>, ext Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>, WWW TAG <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B948E250.17CDA%patrick.stickler@nokia.com>

On 2002-07-03 16:51, "ext Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>

> This isn't an issue.  It is a philosophical debate

I would consider the adoption of ambiguity as to
what a URI or URI reference actually denotes to be
a rather critical issue, and one that can severely
impact the functionality of the Semantic Web.

If a given URI or URI reference does not in fact
denote one and only one thing, then the Semantic
Web is doomed to failure.

Having namespace URIs that resolve to namespace
documents represents such ambiguity, and the TAG
saying that namespace names SHOULD or even MIGHT
resolve to anything is an invitation for even more
ambiguity in the interpretation of URIs in other


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