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Re: HTTP URIs and authority

From: <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 11:02:10 -0400
To: wangxiao@musc.edu
Cc: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>, Mikael Nilsson <mikael@nilsson.name>, Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>, W3C-TAG Group WG <www-tag@w3.org>, www-tag-request@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF9B6EA2FE.ABAD0F72-ON8525737D.00522697-8525737D.00527307@lotus.com>

Xiaoshu Wang writes:

> I think you still do.  You own the URI but you don't own Paris. 
> What people gets back is your personal "impression" of Paris.

Yes, if I say that the URI identifies my personal impression of that city, 
no if I say that it identifies the city itself.  Of course, with any 
resource, there is the question of the care I take in implementing its 
responses on the Web.  Representations can come back with erroneous 
information for all sorts of reasons, including sloppy coding, faulty 
hardware, etc.  One of those reasons is that I just wasn't careful in 
researching the population number that I offered. That doesn't make the 
URI identify my "impression" of Paris; if I say it identifies the city 
itself, then it does.

Noah Mendelsohn 
IBM Corporation
One Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Received on Tuesday, 23 October 2007 15:01:02 UTC

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