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Re: resource and representation (and fragment identifiers)

From: Kenneth J. Hughes <kjh@entel.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 17:07:10 -0400
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To: WWW TAG <www-tag@w3.org>

At 06:56 PM 7/3/2002 -0700, Paul Prescod wrote:

> I buy your definition but have one question. Do fragment identifiers
> identify into the representation or the resource? If a fragment
> identifier is representation-specific (which it seems they typically
> are) then shouldn't URI References say what representation they are
> trying to address into?

Although fragment identifiers are commonly associated with a URI,
technically they're separate, according to RFC 2396 ("Uniform Resource
Identifiers (URI): Generic Syntax") [1]: 

|4.1. Fragment Identifier
|   When a URI reference is used to perform a retrieval action on the
|   identified resource, the optional fragment identifier, separated from
|   the URI by a crosshatch ("#") character, consists of additional
|   reference information to be interpreted by the user agent after the
|   retrieval action has been successfully completed.  As such, it is not
|   part of a URI, but is often used in conjunction with a URI.

Given that fragment identifiers are not part of the URI, there's no
need for a URI to say what representation they are addressing.

[1] http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2396.txt


Kenneth J. Hughes                                        kjh@entel.com
Entelechy Corporation                            http://www.entel.com/
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