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Re: SV:  Tim Bray on "Which Technologies Matter?"
On Tue, Mar 19, 2002 at 10:47:53AM -0800, Ralph Ferris wrote:
> Parsing and formatting on the fly is exactly what HyBrick did, and it was
> distributed free. Plug-ins for both IE and Netscape were developed, although
> never distributed. This was non-optimized, demonstration code, and despite a
> substantial amount of processing overhead (which could have been eliminated
> had the product gone commercial), was nonetheless successful.

  One thing strikes me. Why the past tense ? If it was available in source
with all of this functionning, why did it stopped ?
  Of course if only binaries were released for free it's very different
from what I think is "free software"... Actually I went to 
    http://www.labs.fujitsu.com/free/HyBrick/en/licence.html
No, that definitely not free software to me.

> For the record, the major problem found with SP had nothing to do with SGML
> processing overhead. Rather, when James Clark wrote SP, he wrote his own
> (non-Winsock) socket classes. Re-working James' code to work with proxy
> servers did not prove feasible. This of course would have been a serious
> defect in a commercial product, and was a significant factor in the decision
> to terminate the project.

  Surprizing, seems strange that the behaviour of the bottom of the stack
can't be changed while preserving its semantic to the upper layer...

  thanks for the informations,

Daniel

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