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Subject: Re: [dita] definition of resource

The term is defined: in the referenced RFC.

The DITA spec can refer to that definition or it can repeat it (with
attribution). But we cannot change the meaning of the term "resource" as
it applies to the processing of URIs. We do make the distinction between
*DITA* resources (elements within DITA documents) and non-DITA resources.



Eliot Kimber, Owner
Contrext, LLC

On 3/30/15, 8:39 PM, "Jim Tivy" <jimt@bluestream.com> wrote:

>I think the term should be defined - it is too core to our discussion.
>And the definition should be as restrictive as.  If we use the term
>"identity" as referenced below we have to determine what does it mean to
>have identity in DITA.  It would seem a key, a subject and even in the
>absurd case any element could have identity.
>We need to be restrictive where we can.  Or perhaps we could have
>hyphenated definitions like addressable-resource where we define what an
>address is (map,topic, binary or fragment) and what an
>addressable-resource is.
>I think being vague or abstract is not good unless we can see that being
>concrete hampers valid interpretations or uses of DITA.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Eliot Kimber [mailto:ekimber@contrext.com]
>> Sent: March-30-15 5:33 PM
>> To: Jim Tivy; dita@lists.oasis-open.org
>> Subject: Re: [dita] definition of resource
>> By "resource" we mean what the URI specification means by "resource":
>> Resource
>>          A resource can be anything that has identity.  Familiar
>>          examples include an electronic document, an image, a service
>>          (e.g., "today's weather report for Los Angeles"), and a
>>          collection of other resources.  Not all resources are network
>>          "retrievable"; e.g., human beings, corporations, and bound
>>          books in a library can also be considered resources.
>> http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2396.txt
>> DITA is a Web application (as is XML), so for the purposes of
>>addressing, all
>> addresses that are not keys are URIs and therefore we use the IETF and
>> terminology that applies in those cases.
>> Cheers,
>> E.
>> —————
>> Eliot Kimber, Owner
>> Contrext, LLC
>> http://contrext.com
>> On 3/30/15, 7:18 PM, "Jim Tivy" <jimt@bluestream.com> wrote:
>> >Wiki has a review of the history of resource
>> >http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_resource
>> >
>> >Along the lines of some fundamental definitions - I think we need a
>> >DITA definition of what we mean by resource.
>> >
>> >Something like, a resource in DITA is anything that has identity.  This
>> >includes topics, maps and XML fragments within maps.
>> >This does not include subjects defined in a subject def (or does it?)
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