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   Re: [xml-dev] Utilizing the Web's Whole Information Space, i.e.,Mechanis

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Costello, Roger L. wrote:
> Peter Hunsberger wrote:
>>So, first you need to decide what the real
>>fundamentals of your information space are: 
>>HTTP, URIs, HTML, XML, etc.
> My interest is at a higher level.  I would like to abstract away from
> specific "formats", and understand the general mechanisms/patterns that
> have emerged on the Web for formulating and delivering "information".


I think you'll find that most people who think about the Web at this 
level (including Tim Berners-Lee) think that URIs are fundamental, 
whatever they may think about the other stuff.  If you want to abstract 
away from URIs as a specific format, you can say that a common way of 
identifying and referring to specific things is necessary if you're 
going to create a "world wide web".  Without a generally-used way of 
linkiing information together, it's hard to create a "web".  Instead, 
you tend to get little islands of information.  Sure, you could create 
an alternative way of doing that, but it would tend to break what's 
already there.



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