Re: Are URIs Resources? (WAS RE: Re: Non-infoset)
Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote: >That's the critical observation for this and many other >threads that rely on ontological commitment to sustain >communications. > >Would anyone care to compare that to URIs as a unit of >information: > > Personally, I go with the definition of Resource and Resource Identifier provided by Roy: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~fielding/pubs/dissertation/rest_arch_style.htm#sec_5_2_1_1 as soon as I had started doing that, all the confusion suddenly ended and I have never ever had any problems with that decision. I believe that a technology itself gets to define what their 'elements' are and not whoever uses the technology. A nice example of this is XTM (Topic Maps applied to XML/Web) which implicitly makes the assumption that URIs allways identify Documents (aka 'addressable subjects') and NEVER!! abstract concepts (aka 'non-addressable subjects'). How can a technology (Topic Maps) that *uses* terms and infrastructure of another technology re-define the terms? Makes no sense to me. >1. Is a URI a resource? > > No. >2. If it is a resource, what operations are significant? > >3. Are URIs ever ambiguous? > > > Do you mean: "Can URIs ever be used ambiguous?" ?? The string itself cannot really 'be ambigous', I'd say. >Yes, I know: the permathread from hell. > > > So much fun :o) Jan >len > >From: Alessandro Triglia [mailto:sandro@m...] > >The writer makes choices, but a reader cannot always tell which of those >choices (if any) convey some semantics in the intentions of the writer and >which do not. In other words, an XML document may contain more information >than the writer considers significant, but a given reader may not be able to >separate the non-significant part from the significant part. > >----------------------------------------------------------------- >The xml-dev list is sponsored by XML.org <http://www.xml.org>, an >initiative of OASIS <http://www.oasis-open.org> > >The list archives are at http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ > >To subscribe or unsubscribe from this list use the subscription >manager: <http://www.oasis-open.org/mlmanage/index.php> > > > > -- Jan Algermissen Consultant & Programmer http://jalgermissen.com
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