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Re: URIs quack like a duck

From: Paul W. Abrahams <abrahams@valinet.com>
Date: Mon, 29 May 2000 12:07:01 -0400
Message-ID: <393295A5.49B3AA94@valinet.com>
To: abrahams@acm.org
CC: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>, Liam Quin <liam@holoweb.net>, xml-uri@w3.org
"Paul W. Abrahams" wrote:

> 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
> expectations.

Correction: URIs that look like Web locations create those expectations.

Paul Abrahams
Received on Monday, 29 May 2000 12:06:25 UTC

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