Yes, and this is why relative hash based HTTP URIs are a key part of
the deal .
Following is a copy of a
note I sent to Ontolog Forum in October.
I strongly recommend Adam
K's article. The title is taken from
a comment by Sue Atkins, a
professional lexicographer who devoted
her entire career to
defining words and collaborating with linguists,
and computer scientists.
My suggestion to
was inspired by his web site, which recommends URIs for
designating any word.
But I find that the median citizen only uses short words,
averaging around five
letters per word, for the great majority of language use.
URIs are normally very
long, perhaps twenty to fifty letters, and that makes them
different from said
median citizen’s words. By putting up a dictionary URI that
only the word senses that apply to the context of the URI’s
matter, and not to other contexts, that can be simplified,
and the user can
spec the base URI once, at the beginning of his document,
but thereafter use
the normal five letter word. To locate the word’s
document software would only have to concatenate the five
letter words (etc) to
the base URI.