Re: Alternatives to the W3C
You want me to say "use IE5 only". I won't. That would ignore a lot of other useful tech. There are however, applications for which choosing only one browser. insisting on it makes good engineering sense, and in fact, is the responsible act. What I will not work with is the meaningless labels, "open", "commodity", "universal" etc. because they have no provable results. You don't know what they mean nor do I, and so really, drop them from the conversation unless we have a reference we can agree on. Take this example: Yoyodyne. If I use a reference to work out what this label means and predict results, I would not use that company. Why? The reference says, "critters from dimension eight; enemies of buckaroo bonzai; beware the spider creatures they spit when they need to escape an unwinnable confronatation". Two nanoseconds of rational thought makes me seek an alternate definition, but not finding one, I have to conclude the name is a private joke. That kind of thinking isn't good enough for building reliable applications over component technology. What I need are repeatable test results that provide sufficient assurance that the components has features to perform the tasks I require and for which I require a legal contract binding all parties to the performance. This is why for many applications, citing "IE5 only" is the reasonable and responsible answer. So back to the original question: who here thinks the future of the web is in "TheWebBrowser"? What all of you have shown conclusively (thank you) is that there is no way to say what "TheWebBrowser" is, so the parties have to pick one and go with that for the duration of the contract. The alternative to the W3C is to cite tests for components. That these components may implement W3C specifications is assumed. In lieu of a means of proving that, alternatives are needed. By the way, this is where the FPI has value. len 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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