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RE: resource and representation

From: Joshua Allen <joshuaa@microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2002 23:35:21 -0700
Message-ID: <4F4182C71C1FDD4BA0937A7EB7B8B4C105BA2534@red-msg-08.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@apache.org>, "Patrick Stickler" <patrick.stickler@nokia.com>
Cc: "ext Paul Prescod" <paul@prescod.net>, "WWW TAG" <www-tag@w3.org>

> > Web applications do not have access to the actual resource, no, but
> > a representation of the resource is analogous to getting the actual
> > resource. For that to happen, the resource has to be digitally
> > encoded in some fashion.
> We have had this discussion far too many times.  Web applications may
> or may not have access to the actual resource, depending on the

Maybe that is because the discussion has veered off-topic.  There is no
question that HTTP returns a representation of a resource.  However,
that does not mean that URIs using the http: scheme should be used for
things other than web pages.  HTTP is just one protocol, with semantics
that are useful for a finite set of circumstances.  URIs in practice
utilize many schemes besides just http:.  Saying that all resources can
or should be identified with http: URIs is completely insane.
Received on Friday, 5 July 2002 02:35:53 UTC

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