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Re: A little courtesy, please

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2000 09:42:28 -0700
Message-Id: <3.0.32.20000523094219.01520100@pop.intergate.ca>
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: xml-uri@w3.org
At 03:05 AM 5/23/00 -0500, Dan Connolly wrote:
>Your point #4 seems to say quite clearly that you don't believe
>dictionaries (namespaces) belong in the library (the web of
>resources).

I don't think namespaces are dictionaries.  I think they are collections
of names, just like the spec says.  That doesn't mean I don't think 
dictionaries are useful and necessary.  

If we are going to be analogizing with human languages, I known of no human 
language for which one dictionary is adequate to cover the task of describing 
all the things dictionaries can describe.  I think it equally unrealistic that 
a single URI, pointing to a single definitional/semantic resource (OK, with 
conneg as many resources as you have media types) will be remotely adequate to
the problem of providing all the information we want from definitional and
semantic resources in the future. -Tim
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