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Re: Alternatives to the W3C

  • From: Len Bullard <cbullard@h...>
  • To: Tim Bray <tbray@t...>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 15:41:33 -0600

Re: Alternatives to the W3C
Tim Bray wrote:
> 
> At 11:19 AM 1/17/00 -0600, Len Bullard wrote:
> >The future is outside the web browser.
> 
> Nope.  

Yep.

> The only category of application that has any hope of existence
> outside of a browser are authoring apps, whether for docs or graphics.
> 99% of all real-world business apps amount to database retrieval and
> update.  Why would you ever run one of those through anything but a
> browser?  

Because they don't all run out of databases.  Many apps (entertainment 
particularly) will thrive in a non-web browser environment and have.  
RealMedia does very well, and while there is a database, it doesn't 
dominate that application.  Getting rid of XHTML and other unnecessary 
objects makes for a very lean and easy to develop/extend framework.

The day of the web browser as portable operating system is drawing to a 
close.

len



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