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Comments on draft "baseline" httprange-14 replacement

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 10:42:57 -0500
To: Jonathan A Rees <rees@mumble.net>
Cc: www-tag <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1329493377.2250.180234.camel@dbooth-laptop>

Review of: http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/doc/uddp/

I started a detailed review of this document yesterday, but
today I see that it has substantially changed.  Since you
previously stated that your call for change proposals would
be opened TODAY, I think it is quite unreasonable to give this
document so little review time before it is frozen.

Overall, this document is NOT yet ready for use as a baseline
for httpRange-14 change proposals:

 - As a baseline, this document should
faithfully convey the intent of the existing httpRange-14
resolution.  But it currently goes far beyond this, often
including positions based on personal opinion that have no
basis in the existing httpRange-14 decision.

 - As pointed out by multiple people, the document strays
into the murky tar pit of talking about the "meaning" of
a URI.  This is a major tactical error.  It is unnecessary,
and IMO reflects a persistent misunderstanding of semantic web
architecture (which never should have been called "semantic"
in the first place, as that term has led to no end of confusion
and misconception).  Regarding "meaning" the rule should be
simple: DON'T GO THERE.

 - The document invents cumbersome terminology
in an effort to be precise, rather than using well-established
existing terms and clarifying those terms where necessary.
This makes the document hard to read.

I will try to follow up with more detailed comments, but wanted
to get this out before today's deadline.

David Booth, Ph.D.

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