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   RE: [xml-dev] Re: Why REST? (RE: [xml-dev] WSIO- With Name)

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It's the difference in identity as established by a 
process handling a representation and existence of 
the thing so identified.

It isn't difficult to understand.  The thing only 
has identity in the sense that the system has a 
unique id.  The system has the property of uniqueness, 
not the thing.  There is no way out of this, but you 
don't need one.  ALL you are talking about is a system 
object, not the person.  It is a red herring until someone 
asserts the two are equivalent.


-----Original Message-----
From: Joshua Allen [mailto:joshuaa@microsoft.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 7:08 PM
To: John Cowan; Paul Prescod
Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Re: Why REST? (RE: [xml-dev] WSIO- With Name)

> > That's all the Web does. Ship descriptions (formally known as
> > representations) of resources around. It does not move resources.
> Absolutely.  But a person is not a hyperdocument, even if they may
> sometimes share the same representations.  In an RDF sense, they
> can't be identified.  But in a topic map sense, the document can

I don't understand this -- why is it not possible to identify a person
in an RDF sense?  A URN is just a name; just like "John Cowan" and
"mailto:cowan@mercury.ccil.org"; are adequate ways to identify you for
anyone on the mailing list who wants to refer to you.


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