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Re: ISSUE-57: The use of HTTP Redirection

From: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 02:30:32 +0200
Message-Id: <3B94C62E-03DD-47B6-9F74-A1A71324EE71@cyganiak.de>
Cc: Technical Architecture Group WG <www-tag@w3.org>
To: Ed Davies <edavies@nildram.co.uk>

On 31 Aug 2007, at 00:46, Ed Davies wrote:

> Richard Cyganiak wrote:
>> 2. This boils down to a question wether to provide a  
>> representation  of a resource, or instead provide an associated  
>> description of the  resource (by means of a 303 redirect or hash  
>> truncation). What is the  difference between a representation and  
>> a description?
> A representation _is_ the thing (to some not quite fully
> defined level of approximation)

What about dynamic resources that change over time, and thus have one  
representation today and a different one tomorrow, like the New York  
Times homepage? I don't think that any of the representations can be  
said to *be* that resource.


> whereas a description is
> only _about_ the thing.
> A huge file giving the exact position and state of every
> particle in a car (in a universe without quantum uncertainty)
> still wouldn't _be_ the car whereas a representation of a
> web page with all the styling markup removed would still
> be, to some extent, that web page.
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