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Re: The meaning of "representation"

From: Xiaoshu Wang <wangxiao@musc.edu>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 09:56:36 +0100
Message-ID: <4721ABC4.4030402@musc.edu>
To: Mikael Nilsson <mikael@nilsson.name>
CC: Chimezie Ogbuji <chimezie@gmail.com>, www-tag@w3.org

Mikael Nilsson wrote:
> Now, we're seeing a spectrum of views on what a "representation" in HTTP
> sense might be.
> >From Xiaoshu's "I think there is no inherent 
> relationship between a representation and resource, let along
> isomorphic."
> ... to Pat's "But yes, I'm assuming that webarch:representation is 
> something like taking an imprint from a platen. It has to in some 
> sense be a 'faithful' representation of 'all' of the resource."
> Both of the above cannot be true, and allowing both interpretation hurts
> web architecture. The HTTP spec provides no real guidance.
> I propose that the TAG provides the community with a single, consistent
> view on this issue: "What is the relationship between a
> http:representation and a webarch:resource"?
Yes, I sincerely wish TAG would do this.  In addition I think TAG should 
also, as Pat proposed before, make an attempt to clarify the meaning of 
a few key words, such as "identify, denote, resource, thing, 
representation" etc.,

I am trying to put down my thought on the subject, once I did, I will 
post the URI as a source of argument.


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