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> No.  Unless you build a means and tell the parser to invoke 
> it, an FPI is a dumb string.

My point is that if FPIs were used for the sorts of things that XML 
technologies use URI for, that there would be a standard means for lookup and 
"dereferencing".  It would just come about naturally.

Same thing if specs mandated URNs rather than URIs.  There would have been 
systems for resolving URNs in place by now.

Nothing that is treated as a global identifier remains a "dumb string" for 
long.  Nothing.

> A URzed is always dereferenceable.  If we accept that, then what 
> we call it and the semantic issues go away. 

Wow.  That's confidence.  For my part, I think there will be plenty of 
semantic issues left even if one were to declare that a URI is "always 

BTW, I personally don't have a problem with such a declaration.  It's just 
that I'm not entirely sure what it means.

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