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Re: httpRange-14: some dimensions of space of positions

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 01:17:00 -0700
Message-Id: <91f18b3a9c20e9399e5f680aadc6854c@gbiv.com>
Cc: www-tag <www-tag@w3.org>
To: ht@inf.ed.ac.uk (Henry S. Thompson)

[Ambiguity: is not a problem,
  Differentiation: yes,
  Signal: whatever context is available]

Ambiguity allows statements to be made in finite time.
It is inherent in every mode of distributed communication that
involves terms, even when those terms are centrally defined, because
terms are also given meaning through decentralized use over time.
Maintaining an agreed upon meaning is a hard problem and a central
element of standards -- it cannot be declared by fiat.

To make unambiguous statements requires that all nodes of
the graph are unambiguous OR that all relations are sufficiently
disambiguating (alone or in concert) such that the ambiguity
of subject and object identifiers are resolved.

I'd rather folks spend more time thinking about the relations
being described rather than trying to force every human being
in the world to use URIs in a single, unambiguous way.

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