RE: Imprimaturs - W3C and ISO
It more or less points out where community development based on consensus, although an attractive idea, goes off the rails over time. The accretion of small variations in properties tends towards an arabesque, and this is just another example of how simple things become obscure even if composed completely of simpler things when there are too many pens drawing into the same space. Eventually someone is brave enough or has the resources to come up with an alternative, eg, XAML/Longhorn or something like it. This shouldn't surprise anyone familiar with the pre-web/post-web history of hypertext systems where much of what became GUI originate. I don't think scaling issues, standards architectures or even the politics of closed vs open systems will change that evolution because it is not driven by technical requirements completely, but by the rejection of needlessly complicated means to do simple tasks. In ecosystems, the environment generally wins. It has the best imprimatur of all. len From: Gavin Thomas Nicol [mailto:gtn@r...] On Nov 2, 2004, at 10:12 AM, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote: > The fun of developing in a system that didn't rely on > multiple languages, the modal dialogs were modal, > the statefulness was manageable, the security was > secure, a stylesheet was applied to a document not > a form, hyperlinks were old fashioned and only > used for TOCs and inverted indexes in the composition > engine, complexity was used to describe income > tax forms, we could buy a system from a vendor > that supported it for ten years, if you could master > the main function, the rest was easy, SQL was a novel > but useful toy, a path expression didn't look like > it derived its syntax from subway grafitti... Ahhh. The good old days.
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