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Re: resources and URIs

From: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 12:56:26 +0100
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To: pat hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org

Noting your ongoing debate, I wondered if something that Dan said [1] might 
be a bridge to useful progress...

At 17:51 16/07/03 -0500, Dan Connolly wrote:
>Well, it's pretty close... try taking 'identify' to mean
>"denote in many/most useful interpretations".

and ...

At 23:34 17/07/03 -0400, Tim Berners-Lee wrote:
>A dog bounds into the room. Tim says, "Here, Fido!" to the dog, and says 
>"Pat, meet my dog, Fido" to Pat. Tim plays with th edog. Tim asks Pat, 
>"Pat, would please take Fido for a walk?"
>Pat takes the dog for a walk.  The name seems to have been unambiguously 
>associated with te same dog in both there minds.

I think the point here is that the name here is associated with something 
in each mind similar enough that doing the action of "taking it for a walk" 
has the same observable outcome.

Fido might be interpreted to denote the dog, or to denote a collection of 
fleas that live on the dog, but to take "Fido" for a walk amounts to the 
same thing.


[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2003Jul/0159.html

Graham Klyne
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