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   RE: [xml-dev] WD for Namespaces 1.1

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That depends and that is why the questions of 
"what is The Web" and what are its boundaries 
have been asked.   As I said in an earlier mail, 
if the URI defines the web, and it is not required 
to be resolvable, then a unit operating in a 
disconnected mode (aka, occasionally connected) 
could be construed to be "on the Web".  IOW, anything 
that uses a URI is "on the Web".   Also, again, it 
means the web is not defined in terms of a network, 
but in terms of a naming system.   Ok insofar as that 
goes, but to me, talking about the web as an 
"information space" is a bit hokey.  At some point, 
it becomes a political definition and not much more.


-----Original Message-----
From: Rick Jelliffe [mailto:ricko@allette.com.au]

From: "John Cowan" <jcowan@reutershealth.com>

> Java supports the jar: scheme

Happy to be wrong on that example. Thanks John.

But it does not change the point. There exists data in
the world which cannot be accessed by URL
from any system, or for which no schemes exist to
access it or CGIs or queries have been written using
existing schemes.  URLs have a certain reach at any point 
in time: that defines the extent of the WWW as a platform.


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