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Re: A little courtesy, please

From: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2000 12:06:16 -0400
Message-ID: <392AAC78.C0BF6D6C@reutershealth.com>
To: Miles Sabin <msabin@cromwellmedia.co.uk>, "xml-uri@w3.org" <xml-uri@w3.org>
Miles Sabin wrote:

> 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.

Nope, it's *entity bodies* that are made of bits (actually, a pile of
octets plus a MIME media type).  A resource *is* abstract; the same resource
can get a different entity body every time you access it,
e.g. gopher://www.ccil.org:13/0 .  (This will not work in the mainstream
browsers, but lynx will support it.)


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