Meta-Content Framework

The Problem of Reference

In order to build a robust framework, we need to solve an important problem, namely that of reference/addressing. How do we refer to the object whose "social security number is 550-91-6732 and name is Fred Smith"?

The following "obvious" solutions are not completely adequate.

The long term solution we propose is similar in spirit to the notion of Universal Resource Constraints. That is, we refer to things by providing a description of the thing. So, we could refer to the web page whose url is "" as : Some important points to note:

This is the eventual direction we want to move in. However, version 0.95 of MCF does not have this general feature. In this version, references to objects will be solely via the use of unique identifers assigned to them.