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Re: Preferable alternative to 'resource'

From: Richard Cyganiak <richard@cyganiak.de>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 12:44:48 +0200
Message-Id: <E11BD0D1-7325-469D-9837-0C92EFE8A31A@cyganiak.de>
Cc: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, Technical Architecture Group WG <www-tag@w3.org>, Susie Stephens <susie.stephens@gmail.com>
To: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>

On 27 Sep 2007, at 21:20, Tim Berners-Lee wrote:
>> In addition, that final sentence really is ridiculous. "We call  
>> all these things resources."  All WHAT things? It sounds rather as  
>> though you are saying 'We call everything resources.'
> I agree that that is a terrible word. It is an abuse of the english  
> word. (Its use is is historical: when Universal Resource  
> Idemtofiers and Resource Description Format were dreamed up, the  
> communities were very  much thinking of Information resources, such  
> as educational resources available on the WWW).
> So, Pat, what would be a better word which we should use instead?    
> The class of all  ____ s?  The class of which all classes are  
> subclasses is the class of ____ s?

Referent? As in, “the referent of a URI”?

> Tim
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