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Re: resources and URIs

From: pat hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 11:45:35 -0500
Message-Id: <p06001208bb41c7e7c1c6@[]>
To: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Cc: pat hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, Michael Mealling <michael@neonym.net>, www-tag@w3.org

>pat hayes wrote:
>>Well, I think that to deny it would be a dangerous step. although 
>>foolish might be better. Look, to deny this would be to say that 
>>things don't exist until they are given a URI... ah, but now I read 
>>on ....
>They don't exist on the Web till they have a URI.  What's 
>controversial about that?

Well, maybe nothing.  What does 'exist on the Web' mean? What is the 
difference between "exists" and "exists on the Web" ? Are these 
related in any way? I guess I find it odd to talk of something being 
brought into (any kind of) existence by something that happens on the 

I take existence to mean actual existence, right? Being something in 
the actual world, as in "Sherlock Holmes does not exist".


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