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URI/URI ref distinction (was on "How to Compare Uniform Resource Identifiers")

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 09:45:44 -0500
To: www-tag@w3.org
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Dan Connolly writes:
>The TAG has decided to use the term "URI" to include
>relative URI references. CRITICAL.

If the TAG has decided to blur the semantics of URIs and URI references,
then I suggest that the TAG justify that decision in a formal document.
URIs are not a superset of URI references, and the behavior of the two
is very different.  URI references may be representation-bound, while
URIs quite plainly are not.

I agree with Dan that this is a CRITICAL issue, but suspect that the TAG
has it backwards - and dangerously so - if Dan is correct here in his
claim about TAG decisions.

I would like to ask the TAG to consider the ramifications of this
distinction as an issue for further discussion.  It appears to lurk at
the foundations of Web Architecture.

Simon St.Laurent
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