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Re: [metaDataInURI-31]: Initial draft finding for public review/ comme nt.

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@apache.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 14:19:41 +0200
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
To: "Williams, Stuart" <skw@hp.com>
Message-Id: <7205D720-B5F5-11D7-8664-000393753936@apache.org>

Please do not confuse identification with identity.  The fact is that
any object, when placed in a referring function that results in an
N-to-1 answer, becomes an identifier for that 1.  That is what happens
when Mark uses a mailto URI to identify himself -- he is using the
context of the referral to make the indirect identification by way
of a unique identifier that does have an N:1 relationship to him, even
though it does not match him directly.  Likewise for VINs, SSNs, etc.
People do it all the time, on and off the web.

How an identifier is created/minted and what it means when it is used
are two entirely different things.

Received on Monday, 14 July 2003 08:42:18 UTC

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