Leif K-Brooks wrote:

> Right, but a stream--even one which will always have the potential to

> generate infinitely more data objects--will never reach a point where it

> has already generated an infinite number of objects. Therefor, while a

> document may have the potential to contain an infinite number of IDs, it

> will always contain a finite number.
Do you fully understand the concept of infinity?

(This is not intended to be a dig at you, most people do not understand the

full mathemical concept of infinity. At University (when I was there, at

least) its treatment was defered till at least the 200 level, and the

higher level at that. I did a full semester unit on "transfinite

arithmetic". Definitely not maths 101)

The stream *will* contain an infinite number of objects. After infinite time

has elapsed.

It will then contain aleph0 objects, aleph0 being the number of counting

numbers (1,2,3...).

In effect the word "never" becomes null and void at eternity so your

statement becomes

"... will <null/> reach a point where ...".

Recall the words of the Bairds "Hamlet", typewriters, and an infinite number

of monkeys

Back on topic, a web page *can* have an infinite number of ID's, but only if

it is infinitely long. This does not worry us though since we have infinite

time available to scroll our viewport down said page.

In *our* real world, of course, everything is finite, unless of course you

can deliver that that web page with infinite bandwidth and have an infinite

viewport with which to view it

Cheers

Richard.