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[Mike Brown]

> Thomas B. Passin wrote:
> > A URI is intended to allow you to "identify"  something, and that
> > does not have to be a retrievable resource. It can be abstract.  A URL
is a
> > special case that gives you an identifier that does work for retrieving
> > actual resource.
> Just to clarify,
> 'Retrieval' is the wrong word here. 'Access' is better -- The resource may
> too intangible for its representation to be a retrievable entity, and the
> primary access method as implied by the scheme may not even facilitate
> retrieval (or a meaningful response of any kind) at all. For example,

I'll go along with you - "access" will do for me.  Come to think of it, an
email address is not a URI scheme, is it?  It is only the mailto:xxx@yyy
that would  a URI.


Tom P


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