Tom Scott, of the BBC, comments on Jamie’s comments about Jamie's work on the design of BBC’s /programmes service in his post Web design 2.0 - it’s all about the resource and its URL. It touches on something I constantly hammer on:
Everything important should have a URL
Put another way:
Can I link to it?
That's the way I phrase it in meetings when people say something like "I am-developing/have-developed web blah-blah-blah so-on-and-so-forth." The next thing out of my mouth is "can I link to it?" And I don't mean link to a page that shows it. I mean directly link to the "web thing" (i.e. "resource"; i.e. "data") that was created.
Sure, it's a blanket statement that ignores nuances and such (I don't even want to get into ETags with the people). I just find that it is a useful question for an "inside the Enterprise" environment in trying to improve IT architecture — it's catchy; it's to the point; and it can be (in general) easily comprehendible by people.