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Re: URIs harmful (was RE: Article: Keeping pa ce

Re:  URIs harmful (was RE:  Article: Keeping pa ce

Len wrote:
> [Thomas B. Passin]
>> "uri:xxx:yyy" has nothing there and when dereferenced, does not return a 404
>> error. Neither does "http://xxx/yyy".  You can always try to dereference
>> anything including a GUID, but then
>> The problem of course is the net is then free
>> To say thing one and thing two do not be.
> Really?  Test it.

Feh.  If what you mean by "URIs are always dereferencable"
is "you can type them at MSIE and it will do something,"
then sure, that's a true statement.  Not a very useful one,
but true.

But I think I finally see where Len is going with this.
There is an algorithm for resolving URLs; *that* is what
makes them useful.  When RDF and XMLNS play Humpty Dumpty
and insist that a URI means what they intend it to mean,
nothing more and nothing less, contrary to established
practice and common understanding, it diminishes the value
of URLs.

Am I on the right track here?

--Joe English



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