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   Re: [xml-dev] Names and locations (WAS: Why REST?)

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It seems from all of the foregoing discussions that there are (at least) 
three ways of using a URI:

1) URI as a URL (in the 'classic' sense) for retrieval purposes - a 
reference to something which can be accessed via a network protocol (named 
in the URI)
2) URI as a URL for descriptive purposes - a reference to a resource which 
can be accessed via a network protocol and processed by a human being to 
gain insight into the thing being described
3) URI as a name - which needs to then be further resolved via some 
mechanism (not necessarily a network protocol)

So why not just say which one you are using. In XTM, there is 
<subjectIndicatorRef> and <resourceRef> which both use URIs, but one is a 
using it as (2) and the other as (4) , and occurrences in XTM are URIs of 
type (1).

Surely a URI as a bunch of characters cannot tell you how it is being used, 
you need context to determine that.

Retreating behind the sandbags,



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