RE: Web Design Principles (was Re: Generality ofHT
Which is why there are "parts and assemblies", not "The Web". In the politics of persuasion and creating consensus, the terms that associate large numbers of not-very powerful individuals can easily serve a handful of very powerful entities. So can systems that force one to rely on one vendor to get predictable results. If you want freedom to innovate, you have to design it into the specification. Specs for *standard components* that can be aggregated into mission specific systems are what made object-oriented programming attractive. The HTML browser has almost single handedly turned that on its head. That is why some people fought the trend long ago. The One Ring to Rule Them All is the notion that the web browser is the centerpiece technology of the Internet. It isn't. It is of THE WEB. HTML made the domination of the Internet software market by one or two large players inevitable. len -----Original Message----- From: Paul Prescod [mailto:paul@p...] The big guy will dictate to the little guy but if there are true standards, not pseudo-standards, then the little guy will be able to buy off the shelf software that conforms to the big-guy's wishes, rather than making custom software to the big guy's spec.
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