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Re: Irony heaped on irony

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 09:49:37 -0400
Message-Id: <200005261347.JAA30955@hesketh.net>
To: xml-dev@xml.org, xml-uri@w3.org
At 08:57 AM 5/26/00 -0400, John Cowan wrote:
>John Aldridge scripsit:
>> I think that TimBL and DanC believe that a common (if not the only) 
>> mechanism for finding metadata about a namespace will be to dereference
the 
>> namespace URI.  (If I'm misrepresenting them, I'm sorry, and I hope
they'll 
>> clarify their position).
>
>I don't believe that they believe that.  It is perfectly consistent to
>discover facts about a namespace by some means other than accessing its
>URI directly.  In particular, RDF can provide information indirectly --
but only
>about something that is labeled with a URI.

It would be good to know what exactly they do believe on this issue, as Dan
has made several statements I read to the effect of what John Aldridge is
claiming, and the recent trend toward putting schemas at namespace URI
locations on the W3C site seems to reinforce that claim as well.

So far as I know, TimBL hasn't come out and made any such claims, but they
seem compatible with his thinking, to say the least.

Simon St.Laurent
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