Alternatives to browsers (was Re: Alternatives to the W3C)
At 03:41 AM 1/18/00 +0000, Sean McGrath wrote: >[Len Bullard] >>The day of the web browser as portable operating system is drawing to a >>close. >> >Amen. I see an increasing number of innovative Web apps in which >the browser is the "viewer" as distinct from the app that is >doing the real work. > >I think it is interesting to ponder why this is so. >My (controversial of course) view on this >is that the Web client-side programming model of an >embedded, sand-boxed, buggy, >antithesis-of-a-text-processing-language has finally >run its course. I'm not sure I see the disappearance of the browser from my perspective, but given this fuller description I'd be happy to say that those kinds of browsers may finally be running their course. XML opens the way for a super-slim 'browser' that's pretty much a network interface with an XML parser on it, passing results as requested to a wide variety of application possibilities. Those applications might look like 'browsers' or they might not. I've been thinking of this as the expansion of the browser (treated as network interface) into the other facets of software, but it could also be treated as the demolition/reduction of the browser. Either way, I'm looking forward to lots of XML-based apps running over TCP/IP and possibly even HTTP. Simon St.Laurent XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed. Building XML Applications Inside XML DTDs: Scientific and Technical Cookies / Sharing Bandwidth http://www.simonstl.com xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ or CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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