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RE: Towards a position of neutrality on issue httpRange-14 for AWWW (was RE: referendum on httpRange-14 (was RE: "information resource"))

From: <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 09:54:05 -0400
To: Stuart Williams <skw@hp.com>
Cc: Patrick.Stickler@nokia.com, www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <OFADA5F863.C9C11C69-ON85256F35.00040769@lotus.com>

Stuart Williams writes:

>> Why would a representation contain a reference
>> ... because the resource it represents refers to the 
>> other resource.

Do we have to reach consenus on this?  I think it's often true, but not 
always.  Might I not in builting a presentation include links that are 
more properties of the reprsentation then the resource.  For example, you 
could imagine a portal engine that presents all its content in XHTML and 
includes a little banner at the bottom saying:  "This page brought to you 
using XHTML.  For more information on XHTML see http://www.w3.org .)" (I'm 
in an airplane without connectivity at the moment and don't actually have 
handy the best URI for XHTML.)    I don't think that implies that the 
reference to XHMTL documentation necessarily implies that the resource 
being represented has such a reference to XHTML, even giving the benefit 
of the doubt on the question of whether the web architecture has any 
normative and fully general notion of what resources (as opposed to 
representations) reference in the first place. 

In short, I wonder if we can get away without pursuing this particular 
line of inquiry for now?

Noah Mendelsohn 
IBM Corporation
One Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Received on Friday, 22 October 2004 13:57:11 UTC

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