RE: Alternatives to browsers (was Re: Alternatives to the W3C)
At 08:56 AM 1/18/00 -0800, Tim Bray wrote: >If there's an underlying lesson, it's that the Web is all about doing >a lot with a little; the HTML/HTTP/URI trio have to count as one of the >great 80/20 point bullseyes in the history of technology. With XML >messaging and HTTP piping, you can sometimes do a whole lot remarkably >quickly. I like this story a lot, but I'm not convinced that the browser per se is the result of this message. I'd like to see a lot of different Internet standards XML-ized (email, news, HTML, etc.), hopefully leading to a simpler application development environment. That doesn't mean that I want to use a browser to read my email or my news - it just means that I want to be able to ride along on similar techologies. Somewhere along the line browsers got big - I'd like to see them shrink down a _lot_, or at least fragment into a lot of smaller pieces with limited dependencies. And of course, in the meantime, it'll mean a lot of middleware. We'll see. 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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