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What has changed?  All the "always resolves" means is that 
if the http: endowed URI is handed to a resolver, it will 
resolve.  What gets returned may be caca, but it will resolve. 
So no amount of pretending about intent changes the 
facts; it just confuses people.  Make it the responsibility 
of systems and systems developers who use URIs for namespace 
values where those values will resolve because they are 
syntactically identical to URLs to do something smart instead 
of saying it is the user's problem.

A more contentious issue is that they don't have a unique 
referent and therefore, are troublesome for RDF.


From: Miles Sabin [mailto:miles@milessabin.com]

Show me a spec that says "Nothing will ever change, *ever*" and I'll 
show you hubris. The only reasonable expectation that anyone has is 
that things that were there yesterday might be gone tomorrow, and that 
new things'll come along to replace them. That's as true for URI 
schemes as it is for resources.


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