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   Re: [xml-dev] What is a "resource"? (Was: many-to-many)

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Mark Baker wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 27, 2003 at 08:48:48PM -0500, Jonathan Borden wrote:
> > A resource might be _anything_. There are resources with identity and
> > without. In this context, a resource with 'identity' is a resource which
> > _identified_ by a URI. A resource 'without identity', in this context,
is a
> > resource which is not _directly_ identified by a URI.
> Whoa, hold on there.  A URI doesn't assign identity, it just reflects
> it.
> Or, put another way, you're making a closed world assumption there; you
> don't know whether or not some arbitrary thing has a URI.

I never said that I could determine whether some arbitrary thing has a URI.
On the other hand I _assure you_ that there are things that do not have a
URI. For example "the concept that I am thinking about right now", or "the
whisp of air that just struck my cheek" Now I might assign URIs to any
number of such ephemeral things but if I don't are you suggesting that such
things might actually have URIs that I don't know about?

We don't need to get overly philosophical about things, just realize that
when you say that "A resource might be anything that has identity" you are
talking about *anything* and this includes more things than you might



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