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Re: [Fwd: Are we elements or animals? (was: Use of fragment identifiers in XML)]

From: Miles Sabin <miles@milessabin.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2002 01:17:50 +0000
To: www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <200211010117.50412.miles@milessabin.com>

pat hayes wrote,
> Nothing outside of RDF can specify what meaning RDF assigns to a
> string of characters containing a hash mark.

True enough. But equally, nothing inside of RDF can specify what 
meanings other systems, formal or informal, might assign to the very 
same string of characters.

In the absence of additional contextual information (eg. as provided in 
this case by the media type Aaron's proposing) that means that the 
string of characters is ambiguous: could denote a dog or an element or 
whatever. And some folks round here just don't like ambiguity.

That being so, I don't think they really have very much option but to 
take this route ... I just wish they'd do it consistently across the 
board and start thinking about specifing a richer set of disambiguating 
mechanisms.

Cheers,


Miles
Received on Thursday, 31 October 2002 20:18:26 UTC

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