RE: Alternatives to the W3C
Hi Stephen, Stephen said: I prefer to say -- Netscape is reasonably stable, and IE is a moving target. In any case, Netscape + IE + Opera now make up a sizeable but rapidly- decreasing fraction of the browser market -- or haven't you noticed the number of connected WebTV's, Palm Pilots, cell phones, and recently kitchen appliances? Didier replies: Its a very valid point of view. As we all know the reality can be perceived in different ways. For some, if there is no new updates or innovations then it is stagnant, for others it is stable. The funny thing is that both perceptions are right :-) About WebTv, yes I saw that the number is very very slowly increasing, palm pilots and cell phone barely noticeable on the radar. However, for cell phones, the numbers may be different in Europe. I am still digging to get the numbers for Europe. And about kitchen appliances I just noticed that my refrigerator sent me an ICQ message saying that it is empty and that I should go do some shopping tonight :-)))). Stephen said: And the couple of hundred million Linux users who are going to be coming online in places like China and India over the next few years aren't going to be using Microsoft products, either. Didier replies: This is an interesting remark. In fact, the countries that you mention are practicing software copy on a real industrial scale. Now that free software is available, they get, it, study it, use it and will probably, in the 21 century, become strong silicon valley competitors. So, you are right that Linux will probably find its biggest market there, not Microsoft, Microsoft software anyway just got copied there, not sold. Stephen said: The mapping from XML to HTML (using XSLT and so on) is properly applied on the server. Didier replies: Yes but the real advantage of XML+XSLT is that the transformation can occurs on the client. As long as there is a lot of HTML client out there, people will still use stuff like ASP, JSP, Cold fusion etc.. to produce HTML form data bases content, or simply dump to the browser the HTML file stored on the server. The real incentive to use XML is if a) most actual servers like the relational database, directory services or indexing servers send their data in an XML format. b) the rendition process is made at client site. otherwise, we will still have the status quo. And off course that I know that XML can be transformed with XSLT on the server, My refrigerator does that before sending me messages on ICQ :-))) Seriously, when (a) and (b) conditions will be fulfilled, then XML market share will increase. Cheers Didier PH Martin ---------------------------------------------- Email: martind@n... Conferences: Web New York (http://www.mfweb.com) Book to come soon: XML Pro published by Wrox Press Products: http://www.netfolder.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 Unsubscribe by posting to majordom@i... the message unsubscribe xml-dev (or) unsubscribe xml-dev your-subscribed-email@your-subscribed-address Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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