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argument building modes, to suppose that the technology being likened to a cart is a primitive one bound to be superceded and relegated to a child's toy by the more advanced technologies being urged.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