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   RE: [xml-dev] Generality of HTTP

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The problem is that distinction among technologists means 
so many different things to the same people, it is just a noise 
word.  It lacks precision.   One can only talk meaningfully about the 
components, the wiring, and what format of content is 
at the endpoints.  So, yes, to the average user, this is 
invisible and to them "the Web" means logging on and 
surfing the Internet.  To us, it is just a rallying 
cry because we know that unless we commit to certain 
specifications and standards, our components can't 
interoperate across that wiring reliably or predictably. 
So we try to rally technologists with "The Web" and danged 
if folks don't fall for it even in cases where their 
interests and the interests of their companies, or 
their investment funds are at risk.   Maybe that is 
all one can say:  the cost of the web is Due Diligence. 
When that term enters the conversation, "Trust No One" 
and considering The Web Of Trust pundits, that is 
almost comical.


-----Original Message-----
From: Gavin Thomas Nicol [mailto:gtn@rbii.com]

Len's point is that they're now equivalent. The web as a term now is 
mostly meaningful to those that care to make a distinction 


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