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   RE: [xml-dev] Generality of HTTP

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Mark Baker wrote,
> Miles Sabin wrote,
> > Maybe, maybe not. But either way, there's nothing particularly 
> > special about http: URIs in this respect ... an ftp: or mailto: or 
> > whatever URI would do just as well (or badly, depending on your 
> > POV).
> Sure.
> The important point here is that the HTTP protocol has features that
> explicitly support the resource/representation distinction

I don't see how that's relevant.

Either the URI on it's own can mean bricks (in which case ftp: or 
mailto: can do just as well), or it's the resource at the end of the 
URI which is doing the job (in which case any URI scheme which 
supports retrieval can do just as well).

In neither case do the special features of the HTTP protocol play any 



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