Category Archives: URI

GET and POST aren’t verbs

Calling HTTP GET and POST ‘verbs’ is a gross misnomer; they really are URI metadata in disguise. REST is centered around the idea that we should use the way the web works when we do things on the Web – … Continue reading

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The #referent Convention

Update: I learned from the TAG list that Dan Connolly already proposed using #it or #this for the same purpose, and  Tim Berners-Lee proposed using #i to refer to oneself in a similar way. My idea therefore was not very … Continue reading

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The trouble with PSI’s

Published Subject Identifiers face a couple of serious problems, as do all URI-based identifier schemes. A recent post of Lars Marius Garshol reminded me of the – pardon the pun – subject. I was pretty occupied with PSI’s some time … Continue reading

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The Semantics of Addresses

There has been a lot of discussion over the past 10-something years on URI’s: are they names or addresses? However, there does not appear to have been a lot of investigation into the semantics of addresses. This is important, since … Continue reading

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The URI Identity Paradox

Norman Walsh wrote: “(some) fall into the trap of thinking that an “http” URI is somehow an address and not a name”. It’s an opinion expressed more often, for instance in the TAG Finding “URNs, Namespaces and Registries”, where is … Continue reading

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