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   Re: [xml-dev] Are URIs Resources? (WAS RE: [xml-dev] Re: Non-infoset)

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Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

>That's the critical observation for this and many other 
>threads that rely on ontological commitment to sustain 
>Would anyone care to compare that to URIs as a unit of 
Personally, I go with the definition of Resource and Resource Identifier 
provided by Roy:


as soon as I had started doing that, all the confusion suddenly ended 
and I have never ever had any problems with that decision. I believe 
that a technology itself gets to define what their 'elements' are and 
not whoever uses the technology.

A nice example of this is XTM (Topic Maps applied to XML/Web) which 
implicitly makes the assumption that URIs allways identify Documents 
(aka 'addressable subjects') and NEVER!! abstract concepts (aka 
'non-addressable subjects'). How can a technology (Topic Maps) that 
*uses* terms and infrastructure of another technology re-define the 
terms? Makes no sense to me.

>1.  Is a URI a resource?

>2.  If it is a resource, what operations are significant?
>3.  Are URIs ever ambiguous?
Do you mean: "Can URIs ever be used ambiguous?"  ??

The string itself cannot really 'be ambigous', I'd say.

>Yes, I know: the permathread from hell.
So much fun :o)


>From: Alessandro Triglia [mailto:sandro@mclink.it]
>The writer makes choices, but a reader cannot always tell which of those
>choices (if any) convey some semantics in the intentions of the writer and
>which do not.  In other words, an XML document may contain more information
>than the writer considers significant, but a given reader may not be able to
>separate the non-significant part from the significant part.
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