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As John said, the topic map people have this one right.
It nails the heads of people to a closed system. There
are those who insist that "The Web" is The Internet
and because of that, some projects and initiatives
stumble into a religious or political block similar
to the CIO annointing of the W3C. The weaker the
imprimatur becomes, the louder that chorus will become.
People don't like nails. SSNs are uniqueifiers but
don't conflate identity with location. To assert
that http://www.ccil.org/~cowan/ is John is simply
to say John uses that string for keeping transactions
in which he has a personal interest.
Identity is an abstract property. It is useful
in the *process* of identification. Declarative systems
and their followers have a problem with that one and
pretend they can touch their elbow with the hand on
the same arm. It's something like the Black Knight
act in the Holy Grail.
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
On Tue, 2002-02-12 at 18:20, Paul Prescod wrote:
> I would say that you are probably:
> and your home page is probably:
> But if you do a GET on each of them you happen to get an identical
> resource. Alternately you could simply choose not to reify your homepage
> at all.
"I am a human being. Please do not spindle, fold, staple, mutilate, or
I just don't know why I see this whole URI thing as limited.