RE: XML doesn't deserve its "X".
There is a related link on Cafe con Leche (thanks Elliote) : http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_534847.html?menu=news.latestheadlines Laser discs wrote 15 years ago can't be read... What about the Web ? We still can browse a part of the web's past thanks to the Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org/), but how will we do this in 5 or 10 years, when common browsers will support different standards ? Building a technology should always be done as if it would eventually become legacy technology. But how to do that ? The problem is not only related to computers and the Web. Have a look at The Long Now foundation, which has one objective of building a clock that can run 10.000 year : http://www.longnow.org/10kclock/clock.htm I think the principles can have positive echoes in the XML community : http://www.longnow.org/10kclock/clock.htm * Longevity With occasional maintenance, the clock should reasonably be expected to display the correct time for the next 10,000 years. * Maintainability The clock should be maintainable with bronze-age technology. * Transparency It should be possible to determine operational principles of the clock by close inspection. * Evolvability It should be possible to improve the clock with time. * Scalability It should be possible to build working models of the clock from table-top to monumental size using the same design. Some rules that follow from the design principles: Longevity: Go slow Avoid sliding friction (gears) Avoid ticking Stay clean Stay dry Expect bad weather Expect earthquakes Expect non-malicious human interaction Dont tempt thieves Maintainability and transparency: Use familiar materials Allow inspection Reherse motions Make it easy to build spare parts Expect restarts Include the manual Scalability and Evolvabilty: Make all parts similar size Separate functions Provide simple interfaces Regards, Nicolas >-----Message d'origine----- >De : Bullard, Claude L (Len) [mailto:clbullar@i...] >Envoyé : mardi 5 mars 2002 15:40 >À : 'Mike Champion'; xml-dev@l... >Objet : RE: XML doesn't deserve its "X". > > >How about this: it is time for the innovation >in computers in general and the web in particular >to stop. It is time for a regulated standard to >be created and enforced by statute such that if >one buys a computer and a program to run on it >today, it will run on a computer that you buy >50 years from now, and that the computer you >buy today will run any program written 50 >years from now. > >It works for TV and automobiles. Why not computers? >We must get out of the experimenter/hobbyist >phase and enable people to get the most out >of their investment. The situation today >is ALL Bill Gates' fault, of course. > >;-) > >That's not an original thought or even a troll. >It was proposed in an article this past weekend >and comes from a journalist think tank type. > >The next new thing will be an old thing >that had a short burst of notoriety, was >dissed, and will be renamed and dressed, >and attributed to a 15 year old genius >(his mother swears he is) in Nebraska. >The money on the Next New Thing will of >course be mostly made by the really old >guys (45+ at least) who pay for the >prominent position on Google, in trades, >and on NPR. C looks awfully warm and fuzzy. > >len > >----------------------------------------------------------------- >The xml-dev list is sponsored by XML.org <http://www.xml.org>, an >initiative of OASIS <http://www.oasis-open.org> > >The list archives are at http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ > >To subscribe or unsubscribe from this list use the subscription >manager: <http://lists.xml.org/ob/adm.pl> >
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