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Re: Context Independent URI

From: Aaron Swartz <me@aaronsw.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2002 16:25:20 -0500
Cc: "'www-tag@w3.org'" <www-tag@w3.org>
To: "Williams, Stuart" <skw@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
Message-Id: <5BD929A2-9CF0-11D6-9012-0003936780B2@aaronsw.com>

On Sunday, July 21, 2002, at 04:18  PM, Williams, Stuart wrote:
> <principle>
> ContextIndependentURI:
> A URI SHOULD denote the same resource or concept independent of the
> context(s) in which the URI is used. i.e. when used on different 
> occasions
> or by different users or in different locations, a given URI SHOULD 
> denote
> the same resource or concept.
> </principle>

Looks good. You might want to emphasize the "resource or concept" bit 
somewhere. I know some people who are thrown off by this and think that 
persistence and context-independence means it must always resolve to the 
same kind of bit package. For example, a contextIndependentURI could 
resolve to a set of nutrition facts and buying information in the 
context of the supermarket but to cooking instructions in the context of 
the home even though this seems a bit contradictory at first.

Aaron Swartz [http://www.aaronsw.com] 
I will be in San Diego for the O'Reilly Open Source Convention the 24-26 
Received on Sunday, 21 July 2002 17:25:22 UTC

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