[tdwg-content] "resolution" of URIs usually used improperly

Bertram Ludaescher ludaesch at ucdavis.edu
Fri Oct 22 04:45:09 CEST 2010

For those wishing to delve more into such subtleties, I can recommend
this philosophical digression on  the difference between 'sense' and
'reference' and the 'meaning' (pun intended of course) of it all:

In fact, I just heard this podcast that explains it all (sort of):

Next up: A discussion of what is a "species"!
(just kidding -- but I did find it amusing that experts in taxonomy
wouldn't start by recognizing that there are multiple species
concepts... and then start arguing about how to classify them instead
of arguing which one is the right one ;-)


On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 5:51 AM, Bob Morris <morris.bob at gmail.com> wrote:
> Is it too pedantic to wish that people would not use "resolve" when
> they mean "dereference"? The terms are distinguished in RFC 3986[1]:
>   "URI "resolution" is the process of
>   determining an access mechanism and the appropriate parameters
>   necessary to dereference a URI; this resolution may require several
>   iterations.  To use that access mechanism to perform an action on the
>   URI's resource is to "dereference" the URI." [1]
> I bet the concensus answer to my question is "Yes".  Sigh.
> [1]http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc3986.txt
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