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   Re: [xml-dev] Generality of HTTP

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"Bullard, Claude L (Len)" wrote:
> .. It's one
> of those illusions like seeing animals in
> clouds.  The Internet exists as a system
> of hardware and protocols, but the web only
> exists insofar as someone or some group takes
> existing content, hooks it together, and calls
> that a web.  

The web exists as a system of hardware and protocols.

> .. There ain't no "The Web".  SGML/XML
> can work without touching HTTP, or even URIs
> if the namespace mechanisms are ignored.  

XML sitting on a floppy disk on my coffee table is not on the web. 

> ... So the TAG doesn't have a
> unifying job to do; just to make sure the
> individual pieces work in the most common
> assemblies presented to them for consideration.

People do not see the web architecture because we are like fish trying
to see the water. One of the TAG's jobs is to make the water visible.
But even my mother knows that you cannot use the web without using URIs.
She knows that her resume becomes part of the web when she assigns a
publically accessible URI to it.

> The rest is individual interests or smaller
> and larger communities of interest, but a unifying
> architecture called "the web" doesn't exist.

Sounds familiar:


 Paul Prescod


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