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   Re: Future Of Browsers - Business Model Perspective

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  • From: Marcus Carr <mrc@allette.com.au>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 10:42:39 +1000

Don Park wrote:

> It is my belief that no more than 60% of the world population will ever use
> a web browser even if the net-capable computer cost is brought down to $100.
> There are lots of people out there who don't know how to read, don't want to
> read, or don't have the time to read.  They will not use a browser and they
> will not care if XML is superior to HTML.  They will still be using XML
> unknowingly, however.

I think this is very true. To put what Don says into a slightly different
perspective, I was recently given an interesting but third-hand statistic that
two thirds of the people alive on the earth at this point in time have never made
a telephone call. If true, you have to wonder what "serving the masses" really
means - probably not who has the nicest GUI.


Marcus Carr                 email:  mrc@allette.com.au
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