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True, but anyone who thinks there is a straight line
for the emergence of hypermedia's place in technology
doesn't read enough or wasn't around for some of these
bits. I think people need simple stories and heros
for the same reasons that people need HTML: it gives
them confidence until they realize they need more than
that to keep up with the evolving requirements.
We did manage to give away the IADS executables and
they were used to convince some important folks that
contrary to the rant from NIST at that time, SGML
hypertext does work. There were fascinating politics
in that era. It really does help at the emergence
point if some forces are ignoring the technology.
Still, gencoding wins every time if one chooses
simpler or worse is better over evolvable and
that is a lesson for the namespace supporters.
From: Gavin Thomas Nicol [mailto:email@example.com]
EBT can very, very close to this... but one of the things I've found
(especially after looking back over the last 7 years or so) is that
"almost did it" ain't good enough.
Too many good intentions, and the associated roads...