Representation

XML.com: Web Architecture Review: Representation [Feb. 02, 2004]

Representations of resource states on the Web, as concretized by particular data formats, are meant to be consumed by agents, both human and machine, in a mutually beneficial way. In other words, for any representational system to work, its producers and consumers have to hold in common first and higher-order expectations about their own behavior and about the expectations and behavior of the others.
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