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   Re: [xml-dev] Generality of HTTP

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On Friday 25 January 2002 03:30 pm, Mark Baker wrote:
> > There isn't a whole there; just pieces to wire up
> > into various systems with varying degrees of
> > interoperation depending on the way these are
> > hooked together,
> And that's "just"?! 8-O

I think Len's point there is that the individual components are 
largely irrelevant now. As is typical is software, you get to a point 
where people don't care about what's under the covers, so long as it 
still quacks like a duck.

> There was a Web before XML.  I'd say it's closer to #1. 

I don't think it's any of them. If I were to say what the web was to 
laymen, I'd say it was more of a community than an software 
application. It's a set of screens that allow them to interact and get 
stuff done. Most people I see using "the web" don't know or care what 
HTML, HTTP, XML or any of this other stuff is.

> As Gavin said, the Web is an *application*.  Applications need
> application semantics, and HTTP provides them.

Despite what I said above, I think as the 
designers/architects/propeller heads, we *do* (still) have to look at 
the WWW as an application (which ight be why I'm more willing to tweak 
bits of it or depart from existing methods than some). That 
application spans an awful lot more than HTTP though... 


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