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Re: A little courtesy, please

From: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
Date: Wed, 24 May 100 10:51:09 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <200005241451.KAA02216@locke.ccil.org>
To: Wdehora@cromwellmedia.co.uk (Bill dehOra)
Cc: xml-uri@w3.org
Bill dehOra scripsit:
> 
> 
> :brick://us/ny/nyc/13%20%E.%203rd%20St.?side=east&course=11&seq=25
> 
> Now, if you can explain me how to access that particular brick via the
> web...assuming of course we can agree on what referenced things are (we
> could argue about where the brick stops being the brick and so on).

Of course I can't.  But accessing is not the only operation that
exists on the Web, particularly the semantic Web.  I can write
perfectly correct metadata, thus:

<rdf:Description about=
	"brick://us/ny/nyc/13%20%E.%203rd%20St.?side=east&course=11&seq=25">
		<color>red</color>
</rdf:Description>

> Sophistry aside, I think it's safe to say we are dealing with electronic
> resources, and while there may be some kind of intuitive or commonsense
> ('obvious') correllation between things that are not in the web, such as the
> entity John Cowan or Bill de hÓra or a particular brick, any representations
> of these entities within the web that can be designated, as you say via the
> URI scheme, are just that, representations of things, not the things
> themselves.

No, I think in the above case that I am providing a datum about *the brick*,
not about some representation of it.

-- 
John Cowan                                   cowan@ccil.org
	Yes, I know the message date is bogus.  I can't help it.
		--me, on far too many occasions
Received on Wednesday, 24 May 2000 10:28:21 UTC

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