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   Re: [xml-dev] OT: Arguments (was: a number of other threads)

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On Wed, 2002-02-13 at 07:19, Leigh Dodds wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Alaric Snell [mailto:alaric@alaric-snell.com]
> > Sent: 12 February 2002 17:57
> > To: Paul Prescod
> > Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> > Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Re: Why REST? (RE: [xml-dev] WSIO- With Name)
> [...]
> > > > What is the URI of me? http://www.alaric-snell.com/ is the URI of an HTML
> > > > page about me, not *me*.
> > >
> > > It is if you say it is and the rest of us agree.
> > 
> > But it cannot capture *me*. What operations can be performed upon Alaric 
> > Snell? GET does not apply to me. I am not representable as a string of bits. 
> > I do not have a MIME type.
> [...]
> <tongue-in-cheek action="firmly">
>  Anyone noticed that threads on certain topics always hit the same 
>  arguments after a certain number of postings? There's probably 
>  some kind of universal constant involved.
>  With URIs, it's 'aha, but what does a URI _really_ mean?'
> </tongue-in-cheek>

We could always just force anyone who discusses URIs to read the
xml-uri@w3.org archives.

After all these years discussing URIs, I still don't find them anywhere
near as magically valuable as their promoters say they are.  URLs were a
neat hack.  URIs are an ever-expanding mess.  There's no sign of this
getting better (or more understandable), either.

Seems to be an infinitely deep rat hole there at the heart of the Web
Architecture, one deeply loved by a dedicated crowd of people.

Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!


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