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Re: Inclusions and other gotchas (was:Re: inclusion)

From: Paul W. Abrahams <abrahams@valinet.com>
Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 15:44:26 -0400
Message-ID: <392D829A.80A49E42@valinet.com>
To: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
CC: abrahams@acm.org, "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>, xml-uri@w3.org
John Cowan wrote:

> "Paul W. Abrahams" wrote:
>
> > [T]hough we may be able to say
> > definitively that two URI refer to the same thing, we can never say
> > definitively that they refer to different things unless we compare the
> > resources themselves.
>
> Even that does not suffice.  There is simply no way based on URIs(*) alone
> to tell if two URIs refer to the same thing or not.  You can only
> draw that conclusion from some authoritative source of meta-information.

Sorry for my lack of clarity.  What I meant to say was that we can say
definitively that two URIs are character-for-character identical and therefore
refer to the same thing.  Your statement is of course correct.

Paul Abrahams
Received on Thursday, 25 May 2000 15:44:39 UTC

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