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Re: URIs quack like a duck

From: Rick JELLIFFE <ricko@geotempo.com>
Date: Tue, 30 May 2000 00:49:19 +0800
Message-ID: <39329F8F.DE57F596@geotempo.com>
To: xml-uri@w3.org
> From: Paul W. Abrahams (abrahams@valinet.com)
> 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.
Has anyone else been reminded through all this of Swift's School of

The philosophers of this School declared that every word could be made
into a noun, and that every noun had a physical object that could
represent it, and therefore that one could get a universal language by
using the objects directly.  If you had enough objects with you, you
could disuss any subject: instead of needing the word "cat" you could
grab a cat out of your bag!

I am not sure whether Tim Bray's option #2 (retrieve the resource) is
not an idea from that School. Instead of needing a very big bag, we have
http :-)

Rick Jelliffe
Received on Monday, 29 May 2000 12:41:21 UTC

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