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Re: resources and URIs

From: pat hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 15:58:27 -0500
Message-Id: <p06001a00bb4204053d69@[]>
To: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.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.

Right, exactly.  We don't need to negotiate meanings all the way down 
to a single denotation valid for all possible interpretations and all 
possible purposes; only well enough for the purpose at hand ( which 
might be drawing a conclusion of some kind.)


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