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Re: embodying understanding

Steve Newcomb <srn@coolheads.com> writes:

> On 06/11/2016 07:22 AM, Costello, Roger L. wrote:
>> I found this statement by Eliot to be particularly profound:
>> ** Understanding can be embodied in code. **
> Me, too.

I've been struck by a particular kind of understanding which is
embodied in code.  I've been struck, in the course of my long-running
efforts to understand just what kind of identifiers URIs are, given
how unsatisfactory I find the various more-or-less official stories
that purport to address this question, by how particularly robust, and
proof _against_ the vicissitudes of domain name loss, XML namespace
URIs are.  I claim that e.g.


identifies the XHTML language and _will continue to do so_, even if
w3.org is no longer controlled by the W3C or any successor, and
regardless of what, if anything, is served in response to a GET
request for that URI.  Why?  Because when browsers get an HTTP
response with a .../xml or application/xml+html media type and that
namespace URI on the document element, they process the document _as

That is, the browser code embodies an understanding of that URI.

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