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   RE: [xml-dev] URIs harmful

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> clear: no Semantic Web systems require parsing of a URI in order to

Of course.

> the "Semantic Web" in no way depends on being able to parse URIs. You
> essentially claiming the opposite, but fail to support your claims

I am in no way suggesting that semantic agents will parse URIs.

However, you can't stop *people* from noticing something in a URL like
isbn: or http: and thinking "this must be a book, and that must be a
hypermedia server".

When someone yells "FIRE" in a crowded room, you should expect people to
assume that you mean there is a fire.  In fact, you should *encourage*
them to; it's only prudent.

They didn't have to "parse" the word or look it up in a dictionary to
make their assumption, and maybe you didn't really even mean that there
is a fire.  But that's what people will assume, so you might as well
accept the fact.


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