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Re: ISSUE-58: Scalability of URI Access to Resources

From: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2007 10:24:59 -0400
To: Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <20070823142459.GI6422@mercury.ccil.org>

Norman Walsh scripsit:

> Perhaps. I'm inclined to say that agents should dereference a URI when
> they need to and not when they don't. I'm not sure how to describe
> "need" in an application-independent way.

Simple:  "Programs should do what they are specified to do, and not do
what they are not specified to do."  Or as Lewis Carroll put it:

        "Term it not 'radiance,'" said he:
        "'Tis solid nutriment to me.
        Dinner is Dinner: Tea is Tea."

        And she "Yea so? Yet wherefore cease?
        Let thy scant knowledge find increase.
        Say 'Men are Men, and Geese are Geese.'"

John Cowan    cowan@ccil.org    http://ccil.org/~cowan
Rather than making ill-conceived suggestions for improvement based on
uninformed guesses about established conventions in a field of study with
which familiarity is limited, it is sometimes better to stick to merely
observing the usage and listening to the explanations offered, inserting
only questions as needed to fill in gaps in understanding. --Peter Constable
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