From W3C Wiki
A DescriptiveName is one which serves as both a name and as a sort of message. Using a particular descriptive name for something constitutes an assertion of the truth of the description.
Consider the sentence:
The 39th president of the United States only served one term.
It uses "the 39th president of the United States" as a DescriptiveName for Jimmy Carter. Implicit in using such a name are several assertions:
- There is something called "the United States"
- It has one or more presidents
- There was a 39th president
- There was exactly one 39th president
Notice that "United States" is itself a DescriptiveName, although arguably its use has become so rote that its descriptive meaning is ignored.
Now consider the URI:
It seems to me that use of this as a name (in a serious, non-negated, non-quoted context) constitutes an assertion that:
- The domain name www.w3.org exists
- There is an HTTP server on port 80 at www.w3.org
- That server will respond to HTTP requests with
the parameter "/Consortium"
- The web content available from that server
with that parameter is useful and essentially accurate.
See exploring ambiguity via the "something-which-has" URI scheme, sandro to email@example.com, May 01 2003.
It's very important to keep in mind that names only denote things in interpretations.
please add arguments down here, in PPR:ThreadMode.