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Which is why there are "parts and assemblies", not
In the politics of persuasion and creating consensus,
the terms that associate large numbers of not-very
powerful individuals can easily serve a handful of
very powerful entities. So can systems that force
one to rely on one vendor to get predictable results.
If you want freedom to innovate, you have to design it
into the specification.
Specs for *standard components* that can be aggregated
into mission specific systems are what made object-oriented
programming attractive. The HTML browser has almost
single handedly turned that on its head. That is why
some people fought the trend long ago. The One Ring
to Rule Them All is the notion that the web browser
is the centerpiece technology of the Internet. It isn't.
It is of THE WEB. HTML made the domination of the
Internet software market by one or two large players
From: Paul Prescod [mailto:email@example.com]
The big guy will dictate to the little guy but if there are true
standards, not pseudo-standards, then the little guy will be able to buy
off the shelf software that conforms to the big-guy's wishes, rather
than making custom software to the big guy's spec.