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RE: Two link questions


RE:  Two link questions
A resource is not responsible for all representations.
A natural language term is not responsible for all 
possible interpretations given these are local to 
the user, not the owner.  Negotiation is required 
to determine if in fact the representation chosen 
does in fact represent the shared meaning.

Now you know how Bush and Blair will get out of it. :-)

Carts never go away because animal engines are 
almost always readily available and cheaper than 
the mechanical versions.  The same goes for hypertext: 
anyone can do it with access to server space. 

What is more questionable in the assertion made elsewhere that 
hypertext (eg browser based web pages) is the 
only realistic client for the web.  It condemms complex 
operations to novice mode.  Because any compute 
process is linearizable doesn't mean it is a good idea 
for any given case.  Previous, Next, etc. condemn 
one to be novice forever and given a poor cache, 
a lot of traffic to move when it would be better 
to load a coarser chunk to a smarter client.

len

PS:  The reference to novice mode is from the IETM 
industry of the 80s and 90s where it was required 
that an interface be able to run in a novice/ 
occasional user mode vs an expert mode.  This came 
down eventually to Wizards vs QBE.  Still does.

-----Original Message-----
From: bryan [mailto:bry@i...]

>The cart metaphor is to illustrate 
>that age does not equal obsolescence because the application 
>determines the utility.   
The phrasing somewhat raised my ire 

>Carts in some cultures are a major 
>means of transportation and hauling.  In others, they are 
>children's wagons.

The structure leads one, familiar with Western Culture's argument
building modes, to suppose that the technology being likened to a cart
is a primitive one bound to be superceded and relegated to a child's toy
by the more advanced technologies being urged. 

I suppose the better metaphor would be the hyperlink as trucking, and
other systems as air freight and rail, as these are methods of
transportation familiar to us with various lengths of history behind
them; then again Copenhagen recently introduced bicycle carts as a mode
of transportation, so perhaps the cart is creeping back into our
civilization. 

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