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SGML also cleanly stated that a PUBLIC ID did not 
have to be resolvable.  It is a useful name (really, 
a compound) but that a system ID does.  URI/URN/URL 
conflates these and while that can be useful as well, 
it isn't as clean or as clear.  It is a case where 
ease at one level makes confusion at the next.

The most practical use for the Semantic Web is 
to get a machines' opinion.  It's an intelligent 
tutoring system writ big.


-----Original Message-----
From: Joe English [mailto:jenglish@flightlab.com]

Although I still believe the URL vs. URN distinction is
a useful one, it seems that even if you publish a URI that's
intended to be used only as a Locator, somebody else is going
to come along later and use it as a Name.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that the question of "how
to process a URI" might be as meaningless as the question of
"how to process an XML document".  SGML gained most of its utility
by divorcing processing expectations from the markup; perhaps
the URI philosophy will enable more of the same. 


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