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   RE: [xml-dev] stupid URI tricks was: Re: [xml-dev] URIs harmful

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> Everything and anything which might be identified by a URI, has a
> representation. Perhaps not a good representation but nonetheless a
> representation.

According to the spec (rfc 2396):

> The resource is the conceptual mapping to an entity or set of
> entities, not necessarily the entity which corresponds to that
> mapping at any particular instance in time.

Thus, you can have a URI which points to nothing at a particular time.  And
that's the main problem, methinks:

1) Anything might be represented by a URI.
2) A URI might not represent anything (at least, something which is not re.

> Now consider something _without_ a representation:
> text/plain; a thing without a representation

That's a blank document; a file with no text in it.  It is still identified
by the mime-type text/plain.  Thus, it is still a thing.

Jimmy Cerra

"my mind is slipping away...
                   ...day by glorious day"
Robin Gorkin


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