RE: A little courtesy, please

Dan Connolly wrote,
> Simon St.Laurent wrote,
> > URIs are not Platonic Forms, with austere and unchanging 
> > nature - they're useful tools treated differently in a 
> > variety of contexts.
> Right.
> Resources on the other hand, _are_ abstract things like 
> platonic forms...


That just doesn't wash because resources are made of bits, 
which live in filesystems or memory, or get generated by 
processes running on distinctly non-abstract boxes full chips 
and stuff; and they're retrievable because bunches of bits
can be transferred over wires.

Granted a resource can _represent_ something abstract. But if
you can't tell the difference between a representation and the
thing it represents then you're in trouble.



Miles Sabin                       Cromwell Media
Internet Systems Architect        5/6 Glenthorne Mews
+44 (0)20 8817 4030               London, W6 0LJ, England

Received on Tuesday, 23 May 2000 11:24:25 UTC