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RE: Resource Gloss (Human Readable)
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2001 09:36:56 -0600
It looks like a URL; it will act like one.
The flaw is the conflation of name, location
and identity but that flaw is the basic feature
by which the WWW runs so we are stuck there.
All the handwaving about URN/URI/URL doesn't
avoid the simple fact that if one puts
http:// anywhere in browser display space,
the system colors it blue and puts up a finger.
The monkey expects a resource and when it
doesn't get one, it shocks the monkey.
Monkeys don't read specs to find out why
they should be shocked. They turn red and
put up a finger.
That which was declared meaningless
took on meaning in real time. It is a
choice of means to avoid the shock:
1. Resolve to a schema. Very useful.
2. Resolve to nothing. If the monkey clicks,
issue a terse message box explaining that this is a
name, not a link.
3. Resolve to something. There are several
somethings to choose from. That is not a bad
result if the monkey or the system knows how to
Returning something that is monkey readable is a function
of being polite. Nothing more. The monkey is assuaged
by a polite resolve to enable it to choose.
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h