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RE: URIs quack like a duck

From: Jonathan Borden <jborden@mediaone.net>
Date: Mon, 29 May 2000 14:06:40 -0400
To: "Rick JELLIFFE" <ricko@geotempo.com>, <xml-uri@w3.org>
Message-ID: <003001bfc998$a35ce790$1b19da18@ne.mediaone.net>
Rick JELLIFFE wrote:
> Has anyone else been reminded through all this of Swift's School of
> Languages?
> 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 :-)

One of the fatal problems with such approaches is that in order to represent
"zero" you'd come up empty handed :-))

Jonathan Borden
Received on Monday, 29 May 2000 14:19:34 UTC

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