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   Re: Begging the Question

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  • From: Uche Ogbuji <uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com>
  • To: Martin Gudgin <marting@develop.com>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 10:39:17 -0700 (MST)

> > > Most of the unfulfilling argument surrounding it springs from the
> > > assumption that, since namespace names *look* like URLs, they should
> *act*
> > > like URLs -- that is, that one should be able to to point a Web Browser
> > > at them and retrieve something useful since they look like something one
> > > might point a Web Browser at.  This assumption, while not unreasonable,
> > > is explicitly disclaimed by the namespaces spec.
> >
> > Really?  Where?
> Section 2[1] says:
> 'The namespace name, to serve its intended purpose, should have the
> characteristics of uniqueness and persistence. It is not a goal that it be
> directly usable for retrieval of a schema (if any exists).'

I had gathered that Joe meant something stronger.  Certainly this passage
doesn't bar Web Browser access.  Maybe as Jonathaan Borden suggests I'm
just being too nit-picky in this discussion.

> I note from this that it only mentions retrieval of schemata but maybe it is
> reasonable to extend the meaning of the statement to cover all resource
> types.

I think we need stronger than "reasonable".

Uche Ogbuji                               Principal Consultant
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