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Re: "On the Web" vs "On the Semantic Web"

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 15:56:05 -0400
To: www-tag@w3.org
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/ "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com> was heard to say:
| Norman writes:
|>I don't know if that's a useful point to raise or not, but I am very
|>deeply concerned that we appear to have at hand an issue that is
|>intractable.
|
| It isn't intractable.

Well, perhaps I could have been clearer. It's not intractable in any
technical sense. That is to say, engineers will continue to deploy
useful software irrespective of what anyone says or even what the
right answer is.

But from a committee chair's point of view (I'm wearing the chair hat
for this meeting after all :-), if you have a significant minority
that say something is X and a significant minority that say something
is Y and neither side can be persuaded to accept that the opposing
side's X or Y is the right answer and no compromise position Z that is
acceptable to both can be articulated *and* you want to move forward on
a consensus basis, that's an intractable problem.

| We really really should have stuck with 
| PUBLIC and SYSTEM identifiers.  I never 
| encountered the nuttiness with those 
| that URIs seem to provoke.

That's a opportunity to reopen the names vs. addresses permathread :-),
but I'm going to resist. Must...send...message...quickly...
resistance...breaking...dow

                                        Be seeing you,
                                          norm

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