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   Re: [xml-dev] URIs harmful (was RE: [xml-dev] Article: Keeping pace

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Uche Ogbuji wrote:

> I also agree 100%, and would love to see this clarification in the namespace 
> rec.  However, I don't think it will eliminate the whole "deref" issue with 
> namespaces.  After all, the current spec uses weasel words (as I and others 
> heatedly and repeatedly pointed out in the great debate that yielded RDDL) in 
> trying to avoid the semantic black hole: they say the URI is not meant to be 
> dereferenced. 

Erm, pardon the pedantry, but it doesn't say that at all.  It says "It 
is not a goal that it be directly usable for retrieval of a schema (if 
any exists)."  Few sentences have delivered as high an angst-per-word 
ratio; it's the standards-organization equivalent of the 2nd amendment 
to the US constitution.  -Tim


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