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URIs quack like a duck

From: Paul W. Abrahams <abrahams@valinet.com>
Date: Mon, 29 May 2000 11:46:23 -0400
Message-ID: <393290CF.86217C0E@valinet.com>
To: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
CC: Liam Quin <liam@holoweb.net>, xml-uri@w3.org
Tim Berners-Lee wrote:

> Liam said:
> >All of these problems stem from using a URI as a name for something
> >instead of idenftifying the location for something.
> No no no no no.  An HTTP URI  is a name, and there is a lookup function
> for it.  There are not rules against reuse imposed globally, but there are
> as many levels of indirection as you like available.
> Please stop refering to it as a location....!

The problem is that if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's hard to
prevent people from imposing duckish expectations on it.  URIs create those

Paul Abrahams
Received on Monday, 29 May 2000 11:45:45 UTC

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