Re: Request to register "identifier" relation type

Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com> Wed, 09 August 2017 23:49 UTC

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Subject: Re: Request to register "identifier" relation type
From: Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>
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Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 19:49:49 -0400
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> On Aug 9, 2017, at 4:47 PM, Peter Williams <pezra@barelyenough.org>; wrote:
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> The semantics described in the I-D are distinct from existing relations but the name, `identifier`, fails to evoke those distinctions. `citable` or `cite-as` would be much more likely to result in targets of these links being the resource that should be referenced when citing the context of the link. I support a relation (or relations) for the use cases identified by the I-D but not at the expense of several existing relations with proven usefulness.

I very much agree with this and think that a relation like `citable` or `cite-as` would speak to what the preferred URL is for. Simply saying it is an `identifier` does not say enough about the context (thanks Erik) in which it is used. All link target URIs are identifiers.

//Ed