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   Re: [xml-dev] URIs harmful

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Joshua Allen wrote:

>Of course.  The web never insisted that hyperlinks be dereferencable at
>all times.
>On the other hand, it is exceedingly poor form to use identifiers from
>the HTTP scheme for things which you don't intend to be dereferenced
>(via HTTP synchronous GET, no less).

I'm still trying to figure out /why/ you would even want to (use the 
HTTP scheme for things which you don't intend to be dereferenced). 
Whether it's harmful or not - has anyone actually given a reason for 
wanting to do this?
Sorry if this is a really obvious question - I haven't read every single 
post in this (very long) thread and maybe this has already been 
explained somewhere.

When I first started playing with rdf I used to use the http scheme to 
identify _all_ resources - all I can say is that this added much 
confusion  - especially whenever I wanted to discuss my work with 
colleagues. Now I only identify resources that are actually http 
dereferencable with the http scheme  - and I can't say as I've lost 
anything (except some confusion of course).

Murray Spork
Centre for Information Technology Innovation (CITI)
The Redcone Project
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Phone: +61-7-3864-9488
Email: m.spork@qut.edu.au
Web: http://redcone.gbst.com/


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