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Re: Comment on: Providing and discovering definitions of URIs

From: Phil Archer <phil@philarcher.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:32:13 +0100
Message-ID: <4E084E1D.6090400@philarcher.org>
To: www-tag@w3.org
First of all, like Dave, I recognise the substantial amount of work that 
this document represents. An attempt to solve the ongoing and, as Sandro 
rightly says, boring topic is very welcome indeed. Thank you, Jonathan, 
for taking it on.

Like Dave, I found the summary table at the end a little surprising in 
that it didn't reflect fully the preceding discussion. Maybe the first 
thing that needs to be agreed is the list of criteria on which any 
solution might be assessed? That alone could take a while of course. 
Being objective in any debate like this is hard and I can't really make 
any claim to be so.

The last time I got involved with it I came down in favour of a new 2xx 
code [1] but that was because it was derived from a suggestion by the 
person who was then paying may wages (always a strong incentive to 
bias). Actually, I think that solution has some legs but I also find the 
rule-based solution attractive. Now why might that be? Ah yes, it uses 
things like HTTP Link and URI pattern-based rules. My incentive to bias 
there being that I've done a lot of work in this area [2] that I'd like 
to see leveraged in some way.

So in order to eliminate my bias, and that of everyone else, we do need 
the criteria on which a judgement can be made to be firmly established 
and agreed.

Incidentally, Jonathan, you wanted a citation for POWDER's describedby 
property. The definition is at http://www.w3.org/TR/powder-dr/#appD. 
That points to the relevant Spec's appendix which is where the 
definition is formalised. However, it's worth noting that there is an 
erratum [3] that concerns text within the body of the document (that 
brings the body text into line with the formal definition which is 


[1] http://philarcher.org/diary/303/
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/powder-grouping/
[3] http://www.w3.org/2007/powder/powder-errata#describedby

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