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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
From: Gavin Thomas Nicol [mailto:email@example.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