Re: more politics
cowan@m... (John Cowan) writes: >> (b) does the difference have any effect on the behavior of the system? > >Definitely, since "the system" includes human beings and other >inference-drawing machines. To me, this is where it gets interesting. Part of the genius of the original Web was that it didn't mind bad URLs - humans were part of the system and could deal with the 404 Not Found messages themselves. Annoying, but not likely to cause especially complicated problems. In the Semantic Web, on the other hand, the URIs are under the covers, with no simple "GET it and tell me an answer or give me an error". "The system", as it did for the Web, includes human beings and all their interpretive and creative foibles, but not their convenient error-handling capabilities - at least not until an awful lot of URIs may have been processed. The original Web was simple enough that exception handling could bubble out to humans and there wouldn't be a huge problem. The Semantic Web is both a lot more complicated and its keepers try very hard to keep humans far away, which seems like a seriously dangerous approach to me. -- Simon St.Laurent Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets Errors, errors, all fall down! http://simonstl.com -- http://monasticxml.org
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